7/25/2013 6:12 P.M. ET
Turner slots into Mets' starting lineup in finale
By Chris Iseman and David Wilson / MLB.com
NEW YORK -- Justin Turner's first at-bat since his return from the disabled list resulted in one of the highlight plays of the young second half. A diving grab by Jason Heyward ended Monday's loss to the Braves.
On Thursday, Turner got a chance in the starting lineup.
The infielder started at shortstop and batted sixth against the Braves on Thursday, making his first start since June 15. With a 12:10 p.m. start following Wednesday's night game, Terry Collins said the reason for getting Turner into the lineup was "two-fold."
"It's good to get Justin in there, get him some at-bats, get him some playing time," the Mets manager said, "but it's also good to give [Omar Quintanilla] a blow. He's played every inning but one since he's been here, and I think he could certainly use a rest."
Turner, a career .255 hitter, is batting .263 this season with six doubles in 103 at-bats. Quintanilla is batting just .225 since joining the Major League roster on May 30.
"It's good to get Justin back," Collins said. "We all know this guy's a good baseball player and he's a good offensive player, so I thought today would be a good day to get him in there."
No serious effects for Wright after hitting head
NEW YORK -- Aside from some soreness, David Wright said he felt fine after a bizarre incident on Wednesday night where his own bat hit him in the back of the head during an at-bat.
Wright was in the Mets' starting lineup for Thursday's series finale with the Braves, playing third and batting third, as usual.
During his fourth-inning at-bat last night, Wright swung at a pitch from Braves starter Tim Hudson. He grounded the ball to shortstop for a 4-6-3 double play, but when he made contact, his bat broke and the barrel hit him on the back of the head on his backswing.
Wright didn't run to first base, and instead stood just up the first-base line bent over as manager Terry Collins and trainers attended to him.
"When it happened, it kind of surprised me, because I didn't know what it was," Wright said. "Then after I kind of realized the bat had got me, after that I felt pretty good."
He walked off the field and trainers continued to run tests in the clubhouse, but Wright stayed in the game and took the field for the top of the fifth. It was a startling incident, but it certainly could have been worse.
Wright said his head felt fine on Thursday morning.
"He was checked out afterwards, but yeah he's fine. At the time, it stunned him pretty good," Collins said. "He'll be fine."
Bone spurs require offseason surgery for Mejia
NEW YORK -- Jenrry Mejia will undergo surgery in the offseason to remove bone spurs from his pitching elbow, ESPNNewYork.com reported Thursday.
Mejia went on the disabled list on March 31 with inflammation in his right elbow. Mejia felt discomfort during a rehab assignment with Class A St. Lucie in May, according to ESPNNewYork.com. Doctors performed an exam and discovered the spurs.
Mejia told the Mets he wanted to finish the reason before having surgery. He is taking anti-inflammatory medication, according to the website.
Mejia will be activated from the DL to start for the Mets against Washington on Friday in the first game of a doubleheader.
He hasn't pitched in the Major Leagues since Sept. 30 of last season, when he allowed four runs on six hits with two walks and three strikeouts in Atlanta.
• Major League Baseball changed a scoring decision that occurred in the Mets' 4-2 loss to Pittsburgh on July 13. In the bottom of the seventh inning, Pirates pinch-hitter Travis Snider hit a ball to Mets first baseman Ike Davis that the official scorer ruled a single. It's now been changed to an error, so both of the runs charged to Mets pitcher Greg Burke that inning are now unearned.
Chris Iseman is an associate reporter for MLB.com. David Wilson is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.