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Justin Turner leaves spring training game with strained left calf

Utility infielder and famous pie-thrower Justin Turner left tonight's game with a minor leg injury.


Justin Turner, the Mets' primary backup at all infield positions, left this evening's spring training game against the Astros with a strained left calf. Turner missed some time earlier in spring training, too, after rolling his ankle filling in for the injured David Wright at third base.

Per Anthony DiComo, the Mets are apparently wavering between carrying Omar Quintanilla and Kirk Nieuwenhuis on their Opening Day roster, which is relevant here because Turner's absence would all but lock Quintanilla into a gig on the team's roster to begin the year.

Although Turner's proven himself capable of a bench role in the big leagues, it'd be nice to see someone like Zach Lutz get a shot in the big leagues in Turner's place. It doesn't sound likely, but hey, Zach Lutz.

It doesn't sound like Turner's latest injury is all that serious, though, so there's probably just as good a shot of him being ready by Monday as there is of hitting the disabled list.