Mets to activate Justin Turner, option Greg Burke to Las Vegas

Jason Szenes

Justin Turner has completed his rehab assignment and is ready to be activated from the disabled list. Welcome back, Pie Man!

Earlier this morning, the Mets announced via Twitter that they will activate utility infielder Justin Turner from the 15-day disabled list before tonight's game with the Braves. A corresponding move was announced soon thereafter when the Mets optioned side-arming righty Greg Burke to Triple-A Las Vegas to open up a spot on the roster. The Mets had been playing a man short on the bench and without a backup shortstop since Jordany Valdespin's demotion to Vegas before the All-Star break.

Turner, who went down with an intercostal strain on June 17th and hasn't been seen since he impressively smashed a real pie in Kirk Nieuwenhuis' face the day before (pictured above), completed his rehab assignment yesterday in Brooklyn. Before getting hurt, Turner had hit a so-so .266/.307/.330 with a .283 wOBA and 80 wRC+, while serving as the team's primary backup at all four infield positions and the celebratory pie man for walk-off victories. At the least, this certainly serves to improve the Mets' grission quotient by a great deal.

Burke has spent a lot of time on the Vegas to New York shuttle this season and has been inconsistent in his big league trials. In 29 innings, his 5.28 ERA belies a 3.02 FIP, as well as some other strong indicators. He's had a lot of trouble with balls in play, as his .363 BABIP has led to him averaging a sky-high 11.8 hit per nine innings. Regardless, he wasn't very effective in his most recent stint with the team, allowing 8 runs to score in 8 innings over 6 appearances.

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