NEW YORK -- If nothing else, the Mets have a blueprint in place for players battling through fractured fingers.
Shortstop Omar Quintanilla is the latest to attempt to play through one, after an X-ray taken Friday revealed a fracture in his left index finger. Just as David Wright has done throughout the past two months, Quintanilla plans to play through the discomfort.
"Especially when you're going to play the Yankees, it's a once-in-a-lifetime thing," Quintanilla said prior to Friday's Subway Series opener. "I'll go out there and grind it out and help the team with whatever I can do."
Injuring the finger while diving for a ball in Wednesday's game against the Nationals, Quintanilla played the following day before learning of the fracture. And he was in the starting lineup again on Friday, mostly because the Mets have no other healthy, viable options at shortstop.
Starter Ruben Tejada is back in Florida receiving rest and treatment on his strained right quad, and he is nowhere near a return to the Mets. Backup Ronny Cedeno is scheduled to ramp up his running program this weekend as he attempts to work his way back from a strained left calf. And third-string shortstop Justin Turner still has at least two weeks left in his recovery from a sprained right ankle.
That leaves Quintanilla, who reached base three times and made several fine defensive plays Thursday despite his finger.
"I don't know how much it's going to affect him," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "It's in the tip of his finger. We've got a pad on him. We've got a guard he wears in his glove. You saw it didn't really seem to affect him yesterday, so basically [it will take] time."
"My test was yesterday, and I was able to play through the games," Quintanilla said. "So I think I'm pretty good."