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Justin Turner exits Grapefruit League game with calf strain

Mar 27, 2013, 9:43 PM EDT

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The Mets won’t have Justin Turner for their opener.

According to ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin, the infielder was diagnosed with a left calf strain after making an early exit from Wednesday evening’s Grapefruit League game against the Astros.

Calf strains usually come with varying recovery timetables, but it’s a near-certainty that he will miss the first couple weeks of the 2013 regular season.

Turner, 28, batted .269/.319/.392 in 94 games last summer for the Mets. He is expected to serve as the primary backup this year to second baseman Daniel Murphy, who is on his way back from an intercostal strain. Turner will also serve as a backup at third base to David Wright, who has an intercostal injury of his own. The Mets are limping their way to Opening Day.

  1. kiwicricket - Mar 27, 2013 at 9:54 PM

    That is one very Orange gentleman

    • 1981titan - Mar 27, 2013 at 10:07 PM

      Would you expect something different from a player whose nickname was “Red” with the Cal State Fullerton Titans? Fullerton’s colors are Blue and Orange.

  2. multiplemiggs - Mar 27, 2013 at 10:05 PM

    yea them and the entire MLB is limping their way to opening day… Baseball = wannabe sport filled with vaginas

  3. ch0psuey - Mar 27, 2013 at 10:07 PM

    Looks like both the Mets and Padres will be banged up for the season opener.

  4. jssgriffi - Mar 27, 2013 at 10:37 PM

    What else is new? This guy is always hurt. Get rid of him.

  5. 1981titan - Mar 28, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    Yeah! He plays the game too hard with too much grit! He should back off and loaf more like the bums you’ve had on the Mets in the past. Who else on the Mets would take a walk off Hit by Pitch to win a game? Any of us whove seen him play in college would take on any of the team in SoCal. Oh yeah, thats right, he got hurt in the College world series when he played for Fullerton. Broke his ankle trying to get out of the way of a pitch that hit him in the jaw, Was back in the dugout with his teammates before the end of the game.

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