ARLINGTON -- Still battling major injuries up and down their roster, the Mets have now suffered a pair of minor ones. Left fielder Jason Bay sat out Saturday's game with lingering stiffness in his neck, and Justin Turner also rested with a jammed right thumb.
"So we're a little thin today," manager Terry Collins said.
Bay, who woke up Tuesday with discomfort in his neck, aggravated the injury on a diving attempt to catch Ian Kinsler's double in the first inning Friday. The injury was not serious, Bay insisted, and one day of rest should be sufficient to heal it.
"It hadn't been bad," Bay said. "I don't know if the dive last night jarred something. It kind of got stiffer as the game went on. I woke up this morning and it was not real great."
The story was similar for Turner, who jammed his thumb earlier this month and watched it slowly improve, before aggravating the injury during an eighth-inning at-bat on Friday. Collins planned to rest Turner on Saturday afternoon and play him in Sunday's finale, before another day of rest on Monday's team off-day.
"It's nothing extreme or out of the ordinary," Turner said. "It just stung me a little bit."
Though not serious, the injuries did handicap New York's flexibility during Saturday's game against the Rangers. Without Turner, Daniel Murphy slid over to play third base, while Lucas Duda cracked the lineup at first. Jason Pridie manned left field, with Willie Harris starting at designated hitter and batting in the two hole.
Bay, who collected three singles in Friday's game, is hitting .378 over his last nine games to bump his average up to .241. Turner, who was available as a pinch-hitter Saturday, is in the midst of an 11-for-60 slump that has dropped his average more than 40 points, to .267.