Turner's injury forces Wright over to shortstop
All-Star third baseman makes second career appearance at short
NEW YORK -- David Wright moved to shortstop in the fourth inning of Saturday's game against the Phillies as a result of Justin Turner's third-inning injury. It was the second time in Wright's career that he's played the position, with the first coming last August in Atlanta.
"It's kind of fried into your brain, that third base is kind of second nature," Wright said. "At shortstop, you have to think about it. I had to really focus on going through all the scenarios in my mind before each pitch."
Turner, starting in place of the injured Ronny Cedeno, suffered an ankle injury in a rundown. He tried to extend a single into a double, but right fielder Hunter Pence gunned the ball into the infield quickly, stopping the Mets' shortstop in his tracks between first and second base. Turner stepped awkwardly on first base as he was being chased down.
The Mets' medical staff treated him on the field as he writhed on the ground in pain. Manager Terry Collins said he thought Turner blew out his Achilles tendon on first glance. He was helped off the field, but did not put pressure on his right ankle. X-rays taken during the game were negative. Turner was not available for comment after the game.
"We're thin at shortstop, obviously, and it's tough to see him go down, especially with the way he's been swinging the bat lately," Wright said. "It seemed like he found something. He's been a big contributor off the bench. He got a chance to play every day, and he was playing really well, so it's tough to see."
Collins said he didn't know when Turner would be back, although he guessed two to three weeks, at least.
After the game, the Mets announced shortstop Omar Quintanilla was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo. Entering Monday's game, Quintanilla was hitting .281 with six home runs and 27 RBIs in the Minor Leagues this season. A corresponding roster move to make room for Quintanilla is expected on Tuesday.
With Wright at short, Vinny Rottino moved in from left field to play third base, with center fielder Scott Hairston moving over to left to take his spot. Kirk Nieuwenhuis entered the game in center field.
Ethan Asofsky is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.