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Omar Quintanilla will play with fractured finger

Omar Quintanilla follows through on a sixth inning

Omar Quintanilla follows through on a sixth inning double against the Yankees. (June 8, 2012) Credit: Jim McIsaac

Omar Quintanilla, the only true shortstop on the Mets’ roster, said before Friday’s game that X-rays revealed a small fracture of his left index finger. That wasn’t enough to keep him out of Friday’s lineup, however, and Quintanilla expects to play through the injury. It’s not as if the Mets have much choice. “There’s a little bit of pain, but it’s manageable,” Quintanilla said.

Quintanilla hurt himself Wednesday night by jamming the finger — which he keeps outside his glove — into the foot of Kirk Nieuwenhuis on a dive for a ball. The next afternoon, Quintanilla went 2-for-3, so manager Terry Collins isn’t too worried about the finger, which the shortstop will keep wrapped up during the game. He’ll use a cushioning pad when hitting. “I really don’t need the finger too much,” Quintanilla said.

As for rehabbing shortstops, Ronny Cedeño (calf strain) has begun running the bases in Port St. Lucie, so he’s not that close to a return. Ruben Tejada (quad strain) is even further away after a setback.

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