X-Rays Negative On Justin Turner, Sprained Ankle Will Keep Him Out 2-3 Days

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Updated 3/17

The Mets announced that X-rays taken of Justin Turner’s ankle came back negative which means no fractures or breaks.

Turner has a sprained right ankle, but seems in good spirits and could be back quicker than what was initially feared. He could end up missing 2-3 days barring any setbacks.

If Wright isn’t ready by Opening Day, and Terry Collins doesn’t see that happening, Turner will get the majority of playing time and not Zach Lutz.

“This kid can play at the major-league level and he can save you a lot,” Collins said of Turner. “He knows how to handle the bat, he knows how to play.”

Are we watching the same Justin Turner he is?

I mean I love Turner, but he’s an average bench guy at best and would be a woeful choice to play everyday in Wright’s absence.

Original Post 3/16

The team announced that Justin Turner has suffered a sprained ankle. No word if it was a high ankle strain which is a much more severe injury and could sideline Turner for up to  4-6 weeks or longer.

He is on his way to the hospital for x-rays and further examination.

Justin Turner, was the leading candidate to replace David Wright at third base.

He was injured when he rolled his ankle while fielding a ball in play and turning awkwardly while throwing the ball to first to get the out. It would have been a great play. The injury itself looked particularly gruesome in slow-motion replay.

Brandon Hicks replaced Turner at third base and Zach Lutz will most likely be the benefactor of additional playing time during Turner’s and Wright’s absence.

SIDE NOTE: We just learned from Kevin Burkhardt that David Wright received a cortisone injection yesterday while being examined in New York – a fact that was omitted during yesterday’s injury update from Sandy Alderson. Again, standard operating procedure from the Mets…

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