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Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Justin Turner officially lands on DL

By Adam Rubin

ATLANTA -- The Mets officially placed Justin Turner on the disabled list with a strained intercostal muscle on his left side, activated Scott Atchison from the DL and promoted Zack Wheeler.

The team is allowed to carry 26 players for the doubleheader, but will have to shed a pitcher before Wednesday's game.

There are currently 14 pitchers (six starters and eight relievers) as well as 12 position players active.

The Mets have only four bench players at this point, and Terry Collins intimated that team officials prefer to stay that way through a midweek interleague series next week at the Chicago White Sox, since bench players won't be as necessary in the American League ballpark anyway.

The Mets are using a six-man rotation for the time being, so having a five-man bench after today would mean only having six relievers.

Turner received a cortisone injection during an examination Monday at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan.