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Turner sits because of bruised thumb

Justin Turner #2 of the New York Mets

Justin Turner #2 of the New York Mets hits a first inning RBI single against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. (May 28, 2011) Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac

ATLANTA — The Mets’ RBI machine has blown a gasket.

In explaining his series of lineup moves for last night’s game, Terry Collins said that Justin Turner would need a “couple days” to nurse a bruised right thumb.

The manager said that Turner suffered the injury after getting jammed on a pitch, and the condition worsened to the point at which he had to bunt in his final at-bat in the sixth inning against the Pirates’ Paul Maholm in Monday’s 3-1 loss.

“He’s got a bad thumb, and I don’t know if I want that out there right now,” Collins said. “I want to have him ready for [Mike] Minor.”

The lefthanded Minor will start for the Braves tomorrow, and that likely means more of Daniel Murphy at third base and Lucas Duda at first for the first two games of the series.

Turner had 24 RBIs in his previous 27 games, but batting .194 (7-for-36) in his previous 10. The Mets have no plans to have him further examined, and Turner looked OK taking infield before the game, making throws with ease.

“It’s swelled up a little it and he has a pad on his bat,” Collins said. “I just wanted to give him a couple days.”

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