Justin Turner Sits as New York Mets Take on Braves

Austin MirminaContributor IJune 14, 2011

New York Mets infielder Justin Turner has been an extremely important contributor to the team's offense this season.  In 40 games, Turner has batted a modest .284 and compiled 27 RBI, second best on the team behind Carlos Beltran's 39 RBI.  

However, Turner will sit tonight against the Atlanta Braves because of a nagging thumb injury that he suffered back on June 2.  Collins intends to rest Turner for the next two games, and insert him back in the lineup on Thursday when the Mets face Braves pitcher Mike Minor.

The pain has forced Turner to use a pad between his thumb and the bat, to relieve some tension. But the infielder's discomfort was very apparent in last night's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Turner needed to bunt in the sixth inning because of swelling and discomfort that began to occur.  

With two of his better defenseman now unavailable, Collins says he will not hesitate to put Daniel Murphy at third base, despite looking uncomfortable at the hot corner the past few games.  

"Dan Murphy, we know, can play third base," Collins said. "He's shown us. He misplayed a ball the other day. And, I'm sorry, he's not going to be the first or the last guy to misplay a ball. The best in the game misplay them at a position they're familiar with." 

Lucas Duda will be slotted in at first base.  The giant lefty can only be satisfied with the amount of playing time he has received due to team injury.