After receiving results from the MRI administered yesterday after his early exit from the finale against the Diamondbacks, it looks increasingly like Ruben Tejada will have to head to the disabled list for the injury to his right quad. Mike Puma of the New York Post broke the news on his twitter account. Despite the bad report from his test, Tejada remains hopeful that he can avoid being shelved.
We all know how nasty of a fall Tejada took as one of his spikes got stuck in the clay as he was trying to beat out a bunt for a base hit. What Terry Collins thought was just an embarrassing moment during the game has ended up being something that could be a serious blow for the Mets. As of right now, “not good” leaves a lot to the imagination, so us fans are left in the dark about the severity of Tejada’s injury.
He will be evaluated at Citizen’s Bank today before the game to see if he will be able to come back from this injury within the next few days and avoid a trip to the disabled list, but unless something miraculous happens, it looks like the Mets will have to go without their 22-year-old shortstop for what could be an extended period of time. As we reported yesterday, Justin Turner is the immediate solution for the short-term while the medical staff decides what the course of action should be for Tejada, but Terry Collins hinted yesterday that there would be a roster move if they had to go more than a few days without Ruben; Jordany Valdespin was sent to Philadelphia as a part of the taxi cab provision instituted this year, waiting to see if he will be activated.
It’s admirable that Tejada still feels he only needs a couple of days for his injury to heal before he returns to the field, and it’s easy to see that David Wright‘s broken pinkie situation is the catalyst for this way of thinking. As I said last month after Wright took the field and hit the first pitch in Philadelphia he saw out of the park, the New York third baseman has set the bar high for his teammates to reach. Tejada wants to wear the badge of courage that Wright has one, while continuing to heal and put wins on the board.
It goes without saying, but Ruben is only 22-years-old and looks to have a bright future; if he needs to go on the disabled list, then so be it. After seeing what he can do for this ball club, he is part of the future of this organization, so whatever is best for his career is what I want. We’ll see how everything works out.
But seriously, are key players for the Mets going to continually get hurt right before we play the Phillies?! Unreal.