A pair of injured Met shortstops continued their rehab up in Triple-A Buffalo last night. Both Ruben Tejada and Ronny Cedeno took another step towards getting activated off the disabled list, as Tejada manned short and Cedeno took second base for the duration of the Bisons’ 5-3 loss to Norfolk last night. Terry Collins said earlier in the week that he would like to see Cedeno find his swing with Buffalo before rejoining the Mets, but that doesn’t seem to be the case anymore.
Collins said that both their first and second string shortstops could make it back in time to face the Yankees at some point this weekend, with Cedeno getting the call first, as he is anticipating getting activated tonight before the Queens edition of the Subway
Series gets underway. Unfortunately, Ronny hasn’t hit very well during his stay in the minors, going 5-for-29 in his rehab assignment, most recently going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts against last night. The Mets are hoping that he will be able to find his stroke at the Major League level, especially since New York is facing Andy Pettitte tonight and need every available right-handed hitter to be in the lineup.
On the other hand, Ruben Tejada is the closest he’s been to returning to the Mets since he landed on the DL May 7th with a quad strain, as he played his second game with the Bisons last night. He once again played the whole game at shortstop, showing no ill effects from his injury while going 1-for-4 with a double and RBI. The organization wants Tejada to continue his rehab assignment just a little longer to ensure he has his legs underneath him, but it looks as if his return to the Mets lineup is imminent.
Talk about music to Mets’ fans ears! When Jose Reyes left for the Miami Marlins over the winter, even though we had plenty of emotions running through our bodies, the one thought I had was we probably wouldn’t have nearly as many injuries at that position as we’ve had in the past. Talk about jinxing it; we’ve not only had to endure Tejada being out for approximately six weeks, but his back-up and the back-up to the back-up going on the DL as well. It has been said many times here, but the performance of Omar Quintanilla can’t be overlooked. He did make a couple of crucial errors along the way, but he has been the far superior choice over using Jordany Valdepsin, and provided enough offense to show us that the shortstop position was not going to be a black hole until the regulars returned from injury.