If there was any doubt of Justin Turner making the Opening Day roster, that’s gone.
Because Turner has a greater upside offensively, he’s David Wright’s replacement at third base and will get more reps than Zach Lutz, Brandon Hicks and Brian Bixler.
He is starting and hitting second in today’s game against Miami in Port St. Lucie.
Wright was examined yesterday in New York and will return to Florida tonight and be in camp Sunday. As of now, he will be idle from three to five days, but could open the season on the disabled list.
The Mets have a history of strained intercostal and oblique muscles, including Wright missing a month last year. Daniel Murphy had one earlier this spring and has been out almost a month. Considering the history of this injury with the Mets, Terry Collins is planning not to have Wright for Opening Day.
Here’s today’s lineup and the Opening Day projection for each player:
Mike Baxter, rf: Expected to make team and compete with Marlon Byrd for right field job. ...