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Justin Turner leaves game with strained calf

Mets' Justin Turner works out at first base

Mets' Justin Turner works out at first base during spring training infield drills. (March 1, 2012) Credit: Newsday / Alejandra Villa

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Justin Turner left Wednesday night's game against the Astros with what the team called a strained left calf. The utilityman said he felt a knot in his leg when he pushed off to field a grounder in the second. He remained in the game but felt similar discomfort when running out a grounder later in the inning.

Turner left the game in the fourth inning after he notified trainers and manager Terry Collins.

"When I pushed off is when I felt it," Turner said. "It's not worth it staying out there and making it worse."

Turner likened the sensation to cramping in his calf muscle. However, he acknowledged that the area is sore to the touch.

It's bad timing for an injury with just four days left until Opening Day and the Mets deciding soon on roster spots. Turner missed time earlier in camp with a sprained right ankle.

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