In for Turner, Quintanilla stars in Mets debut

In for Turner, Quintanilla stars in Mets debut

In for Turner, Quintanilla stars in Mets debut
NEW YORK -- Omar Quintanilla arrived at Citi Field as expected on Tuesday, replacing Justin Turner on the Mets' active roster. One day after Turner injured his right ankle during a rundown against the Phillies, the team placed him on the disabled list and recalled Quintanilla from Triple-A Buffalo, starting him at shortstop.

Just that quickly, Quintanilla became the sixth player to man shortstop for the Mets this season, following Ruben Tejada, Ronny Cedeno, Turner, Jordany Valdespin and David Wright.

Quintanilla responded with a 3-for-4 night, with two doubles and two runs scored in the Mets' 6-3 win.

"I try to go out there and have good at-bats all the time," said Quintanilla. "Baseball, it's tough. When you have games like this, you've got to enjoy them."

Turner received an MRI Tuesday at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan, and the results revealed a sprain in his foot with partial ligament damage. He was in the clubhouse a walking boot following Tuesday's game.

"The doctor seemed like it was pretty good news for me," Turner said. "It's day to day to see how it responds to the treatments and stuff. They said as soon as I can bare weight on it, I can get this big thing off my foot and go from there."

The Mets did receive a bit of good news on Cedeno, who ramped up his activities Tuesday in his attempt to return from a strained left calf. Cedeno could be ready as soon as Friday, manager Terry Collins said, and will start at shortstop upon his return.

In the interim, the job will belong to Quintanilla, who was hitting .282 with six home runs in 48 games for Buffalo.

"I'm ready to play short as long as it takes," Quintanilla said before his Mets debut. "It's unfortunate what happened to Tejada and Turner and Cedeno. I'll just go out there and play hard and help this team win."

A veteran of parts of six big league seasons with the Rockies and Rangers, Quintanilla had been impressing Triple-A manager Wally Backman with his combination of offensive and defensive skills.

"Wally said he is as complete a shortstop as he's been around," said Collins, who spoke to Backman at length on Monday night. "He said he's got great hands, makes all the plays, is an accurate thrower, he's swinging the bat good. Wally really, really likes him."

Even so, the Mets are hoping that Quintanilla's stay on the big club is temporary. Tejada also received an examination on Tuesday, arriving at Citi Field later in the afternoon and telling Collins that he feels ready to return from the strained right quad that has sidelined him since May 7.

"So that was good news," Collins said. "But that was from Ruben."

Tejada will stay in New York for the remainder of the week to receive treatment, and the next step in his recovery will be determined on Friday.