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Mets make four roster moves Tuesday

05/29/2012 3:06 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro

After losing Monday’s series opener to the Phillies, the New York Mets have made four roster moves ahead of Tuesday night’s game at Citi Field.

Two men will be leaving the Mets at least temporarily, as infielder Justin Turner was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right ankle and pitcher Manny Acosta was designated for assignment. To replace them on the roster, the Mets have recalled pitcher Chris Schwinden from Triple-A Buffalo and also purchased the contract of infielder Omar Quintanilla from the Bisons as well.

With the Mets short of middle infielders, Quintanilla is expected to start Tuesday night’s game at shortstop, while Schwinden will be available out of the bullpen.

Quintanilla has 227 games of Major League experience, having played for the Rockies from 2005-09 and then for Texas in 2011. He is regarded as a great defensive infielder but a light hitter, as his .213 career average attests; however, he was hitting .282 in 48 games at Buffalo this season, and with the Mets short of middle infielders, Quintanilla is expected to start Tuesday night’s game at shortstop.

Schwinden, meanwhile, is in his third stint with the Mets this season. He is 0-1 with an 11.25 ERA in two starts for the Major League club this year, and was 3-4 with a 2.59 ERA in nine starts at Buffalo.

As for those leaving the roster, Turner was hurt while caught in a rundown during the third inning of Monday’s loss to Philadelphia. He appeared to step awkwardly while attempting to retreat to first base, and then twisted his ankle as he stepped back to the bag; he left the game, and with the Mets already missing starting shortstop Ruben Tejada (on the DL with a strained quad) and backup Ronny Cedeno (sidelined with a strained calf), David Wright was forced to finish the game at shortstop – just his second Major League appearance at the position.

Acosta pitched in the ninth inning of that game, allowing three runs on four hits in just 1/3 of an inning. He had allowed at least three earned runs in four of his last five appearances including that one and saw his ERA balloon to 11.83.

After the designation, Acosta comes off the 40-man roster, and the Mets have 10 days to trade or release him or put him on waivers.

 

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