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Turner: First base no big deal

Justin Turner

Justin Turner

#2 2B
New York Mets

2011 STATS

  • GM117
  • HR4

  • RBI51

  • R49

  • OBP.334

  • AVG.260

Justin Turner is eager to get acclimated to first base, where Terry Collins said he would be the primary backup to Ike Davis.

Turner has played only one minor league game at the position. And, although he has gloves for four positions atop his locker, he has yet to order or borrow one of the first-base variety. He views the exposure as an opportunity to maximize his playing time.

"I played in spring training last year. I played a couple of games in the Dominican two winters ago," Turner said. "Obviously it's a little different over there -- a different angle. I'll put some work in over there and get acclimated to it as quick as possible and see what happens."

Turner, who drew interest from the Colorado Rockies during the offseason before they traded for Marco Scutaro, will be working with infield coach Tim Teufel.

Turner added that he's happy he remained a Met and was not dealt.

"I like it over here," he said.