Turner joins Bisons

The New York Mets have claimed INF JUSTIN TURNER off waivers from the Baltimore Orioles. He has been assigned to the Bisons and activated today by the Herd.

Turner, 25, has spent most of the 2010 season with the Triple-A Norfolk Tides, but did see action in five games with the Orioles from April 12-23 (0-9 at the plate). With the Tides, Turner hit .250 (21-84) with eight doubles, one home run, eight RBI and 11 runs scored in 23 games.

In 2009, Turner hit .300 (116-387) with 28 doubles, two home runs and 43RBI in 108 games for Norfolk. He led all Orioles’ full season minor leaguers in average (.300) and led the Tides in doubles (28), hits (116) and games played (108). He ranked 3rd in the International League in lowest strikeout/plate appearances (11.92) and 10th in average (.300). Turner received a September promotion in 2009 for his major league debut and hit .167 (3-18) with two runs scored in 12 games.

Turner was originally a seventh round draft pick of Cincinnati in 2006 and was traded to Baltimore in a four-player deal in 2009 that sent C Ramon Hernandez to the Reds.

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