Justin Turner exits Grapefruit League game with calf strain


The Mets won’t have Justin Turner for their opener.

According to ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin, the infielder was diagnosed with a left calf strain after making an early exit from Wednesday evening’s Grapefruit League game against the Astros.

Calf strains usually come with varying recovery timetables, but it’s a near-certainty that he will miss the first couple weeks of the 2013 regular season.

Turner, 28, batted .269/.319/.392 in 94 games last summer for the Mets. He is expected to serve as the primary backup this year to second baseman Daniel Murphy, who is on his way back from an intercostal strain. Turner will also serve as a backup at third base to David Wright, who has an intercostal injury of his own. The Mets are limping their way to Opening Day.

Chris Sale will start on Opening Day for Red Sox

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No surprise here: Chris Sale will start on Opening Day for the Red Sox, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports. The Red Sox open the season on March 29 in Tampa Bay against the Rays. Sale will oppose Chris Archer.

Sale, 28, is the fifth different Opening Day starter the Red Sox have had in as many years, preceded by Rick Porcello, David Price, Clay Buchholz, and Jon Lester. Sale started on Opening Day for the White Sox in 2013, ’14, and ’16.

Sale finished second in AL Cy Young Award balloting last year and finished ninth for AL MVP. He went 17-8 with a 2.90 ERA and a 308/43 K/BB ratio in 214 1/3 innings. Sale and Clayton Kershaw (2015) are the only pitchers to strike out 300 or more batters in a season dating back to 2003.