NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) – Help wanted in Flushing.
With Ruben Tejada and Ronny Cedeno still out with injuries, the Mets started Justin Turner at shortstop for the second straight game Monday.
By the end of the third inning, Turner was out with a badly sprained right ankle. Third baseman David Wright had to finish the game at shortstop.
“The old adage is sometimes sprains are worse than breaks,” Mets manager Terry Collins said after New York’s 8-4 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies. “We’ll have to see. Obviously it will be two to three weeks, I’m sure. We’re going to have to bring somebody else in here, especially right now, with Ronny day-to-day. We’ve got to get another infielder in here.”
That somebody else will be shortstop Omar Quintanilla from Triple-A Buffalo, the team announced after the game. Turner, who got hurt after he was caught in a rundown, will reportedly head to the disabled list.
On Monday, Rob Johnson was held up at third when Philadelphia right fielder Pence fired home, and Turner tried to take second. Catcher Brian Schneider threw to second baseman Freddy Galvis to start the rundown, and shortstop Jimmy Rollins chased Turner back to first.
Turner lunged for the bag and tumbled into foul territory behind the base, where he writhed in pain as Mets staff came out to assist him. After about a minute, he was assisted off the field.
“From where I stood, I actually thought he blew out his Achilles tendon,” Collins said.
Wright moved to shortstop from third base, playing the position for the second time in his major league career. He played there in the eighth and ninth innings last Aug. 7, when Jose Reyes and Murphy were hurt in a game. In the fifth inning Monday, Wright went to his left to scoop a grounder and threw sharply to first, prompting cheers.
“We’re thin at shortstop, obviously, and it’s tough to see him go down, especially with the way he’s been swinging the bat lately,” Wright said of Turner. “It seemed like he found something. He’s been a big contributor off the bench. He got a chance to play every day, and he was playing really well, so it’s tough to see.”
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