PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- The Mets' third base depth chart is suddenly not so deep.
With David Wright already uncertain for Opening Day, Justin Turner sprained his right ankle Saturday while filling in at third. Stumbling as he attempted to make a play on Marlins outfielder Justin Ruggiano's infield single, Turner fell to the ground and remained there for several moments. He eventually limped off under his own power.
An initial examination at Tradition Field revealed a right ankle sprain. Turner left the complex during the game for precautionary X-rays at a local hospital.
With Wright shut down from all physical activity for the next 3-5 days, Turner had been the leading candidate to replace him at third base. Manager Terry Collins said Saturday that he planned to give Turner significant playing time at the position because he had been playing mostly second base this spring.
Now that Wright and Turner are both sidelined, Zach Lutz and Brandon Hicks appear to be the primary candidates to take over at third. Brian Bixler is the only other player in camp with experience at third base.
Wright, who strained his left intercostal muscle during the World Baseball Classic, was scheduled to return to Mets camp Saturday evening. But he will not attempt any physical activity until at least early next week, thrusting his availability for Opening Day in doubt.