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Justin Turner might end up on DL with strained intercostal muscle

Justin Turner of the Mets strikes out to

Justin Turner of the Mets strikes out to end the game against the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field. (May 20, 2013) Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac

ATLANTA - Utilityman Justin Turner might wind up on the disabled list after an MRI exam in New York Monday revealed a strain of a left intercostal muscle.

"He's had it for a few days," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "It's gotten worse the last couple of days so we had him looked at today."

Collins is expecting to be without Turner for at least a few days, which might prompt the club to place him on the disabled list as manpower will be at a premium for today's doubleheader against the Braves.

Turner is hitting .266 with no homers and six RBIs, though he has been mired in a slump. Turner has eight hits in his last 50 at-bats (.160).

With Turner down, Jordany Valdespin will serve as the backup shortstop behind Omar Quintanilla.

The 26th man

By rule, the Mets will be granted a 26th man for Tuesday's doubleheader and they have a player in mind. Collins said reliever Scott Atchison is expected to join the team when he comes off the disabled list. Atchison has worked his way back from right elbow inflammation that has sidelined him since May 29.

D'Arnaud cleared to run

Catching prospect Travis d'Arnaud took another step forward in his rehab from a fractured toe. After an exam at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan, doctors cleared d'Arnaud to begin a running progression program.

No Plan B

Pitching phenoms Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler are expected to start in Tuesday's doubleheader. But even with rain in the forecast, Collins has yet to work out a contingency plan. Said Collins: "I haven't the faintest idea yet."

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