“Let’s try this again,” is what Ruben Tejada is thinking as he heads to Triple-A Buffalo. After pulling himself from his first rehab assignment due to tightness in his injured quad, the training staff has deemed Tejada healthy enough to begin another rehab assignment with the Bisons, as he tries to make his return to the Mets lineup as soon as possible.
Tejada will begin playing tonight for Buffalo, but unlike his failed rehab assignment, there is still no set timetable for his return to the
Mets. The organization figures to go day-by-day to see how their young shortstop is feeling, assessing his health daily. The 22-year-old has been on the disabled list since May 7th when his spikes got stuck in the clay and tripped on his way to first base. Once the possibility of a concussion was ruled out, the Mets were fairly certain that he would be returning to the lineup within approximately two weeks, but he has experienced multiple setbacks that have prevented that from happening.
Terry Collins can only hope that Tejada will continue making strides towards returning to the lineup soon, as their streaky offense could use his bat at the top of the order to help set the table for the run producers in David Wright and Lucas Duda. Tejada joins Ronny Cedeno in Buffalo, who played with the Bisons all weekend, going only 2-for-11, but hasn’t had any trouble with his left calf, and is expected to re-join the team by mid-week.
With Ike Davis‘ bat coming alive over the last week, it will be nice to see the entire infield intact for the first time in about five weeks. The last few years have been riddled with injuries for the Mets, and this year has been no different. Not enough can be said about the production by Omar Quintanilla in the absence of New York’s three shortstops, as he provided stability to a position that desperately needed it, while he provided more pop at the plate (.268/.369/.393) than anyone was expecting. It looks like Quintanilla will stay on the roster with Cedeno’s return coming, as Jordany Valdespin being the player most likely to get optioned back to Triple-A.