ARLINGTON -- A day after rapping out 17 hits and 14 runs with a shorthanded lineup, the Mets battled the Rangers on Sunday with a more complete set of players.
Justin Turner, who sat out Saturday's game with a jammed right thumb, was back at third base, batting second. And Jason Bay, who rested Saturday with a stiff neck, returned to left field and the cleanup spot.
Though the Mets never anticipated Bay missing more than one game, there was some talk of Turner skipping Sunday's series finale and possibly even landing on the disabled list. Such conversation has since quieted.
"I don't think his thumb is as bad as I thought it was," manager Terry Collins said.
Turner entered Sunday's game in an 11-for-60 slump that has dropped his average more than 40 points, a slide that Collins has attributed largely to the infielder's nagging thumb issues.