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Turner not activated for Friday's game

7/19/2013

NEW YORK -- Infielder Justin Turner (left intercostal strain) will likely miss this weekend's series against the Phillies and instead be activated off the disabled list for next week's series against the Braves, according to Mets manager Terry Collins. Turner will play Friday night for the Single-A Brooklyn Cyclones. The Mets host the Braves starting Monday.

"I didn't expect Turner tonight," Collins said Friday. "We actually wanted to protect ourselves coming out of the gate. We have run out of pitching so much, we've worn our bullpen down so much, I just thought he's only got 20 at-bats, I wanted to get him more at-bats because he's not going to play a lot, so I thought it was important for him to get some more at-bats and really get us through this weekend and see where we are pitching-wise at the end of the weekend."

Justin Turner

Justin Turner

#2 1B
New York Mets

2013 STATS

  • GM44
  • HR0

  • RBI6

  • R3

  • OBP.307

  • AVG.266

There had been speculation the Mets would activate Turner for Friday's game. He has played six rehab games already, going 6-for-20, and he went 1-for-4 on Thursday for Double-A Binghamton.

With Turner staying in the minors, the Mets have just four backup position players on their roster compared to eight relief pitches, so they shouldn't run out of arms.The Mets' bullpen has a 4.07 ERA.

Turner has been on the disabled list retroactive to June 17. He is batting .266 with six RBIs in 44 big-league games this season.