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Turner, Valdespin could replace Wright, Murphy in Mets’ Opening Day lineup

Mar 17, 2013, 7:34 PM EDT

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Opening Day for the Mets could be very uninspiring. With Johan Santana unlikely to be ready, it is looking like David Wright and Daniel Murphy could join him on the bench, according to ESPN’s Adam Rubin:

If David Wright and Murphy both open the season on the DL, Collins added, he likely would use Justin Turner at third base and Valdespin at second base to open the season. After Valdespin dabbled in the outfield in Grapefruit League games, Collins has restored him to second base because of Murphy’s situation.

Valdespin, who homered to lead off the bottom of the first and reached base in all three of his plate appearances Sunday, also likely would lead off. He also had a leadoff homer against Justin Verlander last Monday.

Valdespin hit .241 with a .286 on-base percentage in 206 plate appearances with the Mets last year as a 24-year-old rookie. Turner, who last got regular playing time as a starter in 2011, has a career .678 OPS. Needless to say, downgrading from Wright and Murphy to Turner and Valdespin will be a blow to the lineup.

  1. historiophiliac - Mar 17, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    he he…he he…he he he he

    • cur68 - Mar 17, 2013 at 7:59 PM

      There’s something really wrong with you.

      /peers disapprovingly through monocle at ‘philliac and adds black mark next to her name in Personal Journal (again)

      • historiophiliac - Mar 17, 2013 at 8:27 PM

        Lemme see, lemme see. Oooh, do I win something when I get to 10? Whatever you do, don’t sic the beavers on me. hahahahahahahahahaha

      • cur68 - Mar 17, 2013 at 8:29 PM

        You wind a free comeback fastball to JV’s junk (may Jobu hear my plea and make it so)

      • historiophiliac - Mar 17, 2013 at 8:32 PM

        That would be HILARIOUS! The Dickslayer is slain! You really need like 4-5 of those to make a good mash-up video. Also, that way you can compare the ways they go down and who’s down the longest and how they walk afterwards, etc.

    • proudlycanadian - Mar 17, 2013 at 8:08 PM

      Seriously, Valdespin is a human with feelings. He was injured by a foul deed by Verlander. It is not a laughing matter.

      • jerze2387 - Mar 18, 2013 at 1:03 AM

        No need to be a dick about it..

  2. multiplemiggs - Mar 17, 2013 at 8:21 PM

    Laughing at injuries now? Philly fans hit a new all time low i guess. I laughed the same way when Ryan Howard was limping his fatass up the first base line the last out of the NLCS ending his career.

    • cur68 - Mar 17, 2013 at 8:25 PM

      Uh…calm down and lighten up Francis. She’s a Tiger’s fan, not a Philly Phan. Also this is a running joke between us: she giggles at ballplayers taking a ball to the junk, we act all high and mighty (while giggling, too). No one really wants Valdespin’s junk to be traumatized, but, since he did take a JV FB to the vas deferens, might as well have a chuckle since the kid’s wedding tackle seems to have come out of the mighty blow just fine.

      • historiophiliac - Mar 17, 2013 at 8:38 PM

        How was your day?

        Man, it sucked. I totally took a JV FB to the pickle! That will jam you UP!

        Dude, that’s terrible….so, you gettin’ a split stream now or what? That’s gotta be crazy swollen.

      • cur68 - Mar 17, 2013 at 8:41 PM

        Rub some dirt on it and walk it off, ya sissy

      • historiophiliac - Mar 17, 2013 at 8:47 PM

        You know, I think it really would hurt worse to get nailed by a JV FB in the pubic bone. THAT would not be funny…at all.

      • cur68 - Mar 17, 2013 at 8:50 PM

        I would die. I’m certain of it.

  3. chill1184 - Mar 17, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    Valdespin I have no problems with, he’s been having a good spring but Turner…bleh

  4. unclemosesgreen - Mar 17, 2013 at 9:30 PM

    Jordany simultaneous proved and lost his manhood, but now his cup runneth over with glad tidings. Truly he has had a spring of peaks and valleys. The thrill of victory, and the agony of a Verlander cutter to the nutterbutters. His gain of a temporary starting position was not without sacrifice. And also the continued ostentatious show of schadenfreude in certain commenter quarters here at HBT only adds to the ignominity of that sacrifice.

    • historiophiliac - Mar 17, 2013 at 9:42 PM

      Why has there been so much German on here today? 😦

      • unclemosesgreen - Mar 17, 2013 at 9:45 PM

        (don’t say wienerschnitzel, don’t say wienerschnitzel)

        I just said it, didn’t I?

      • historiophiliac - Mar 17, 2013 at 10:47 PM


        /throws cabbage

      • indaburg - Mar 17, 2013 at 10:53 PM


      • historiophiliac - Mar 17, 2013 at 10:55 PM


  5. beefytrout - Mar 17, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    I can’t tell if plugging Valdespin at 2B is a ballsy move or if they’re nuts for doing so.

    • philliesblow - Mar 18, 2013 at 7:40 AM

      The Mets are just dickin’ around until Murphy can get out of his bed.

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