Mets pitchers and catchers aren’t required to report to camp until Saturday and position players don’t have to report for another week, but the majority of the players who are expected to be on the 25-man roster have already arrived in Port St. Lucie.
The fourth notable player who attended fitness camp is Ruben Tejada. According to Sandy Alderson, he’s no longer in Michigan. He also isn’t at spring training in Port St. Lucie.
Tejada, the 24 year old shortstop who has been bashed by both the coaching staff and Sandy Alderson for a lack of hustle and for having a poor work ethic, is nowhere to be found.
Terry Collins was noticeably angry last spring when Tejada didn’t report early – and that was before his atrocious 2013 campaign.
One would think that Tejada would report early in order to change both the private and the public perception about him. Perhaps he simply feels that – as of now – he has no competition at shortstop, giving him no reason to report early.
Whatever the reason is for Tejada’s failure to report, it’s a bit maddening to see all the pictures coming in from Port St. Lucie, and to notice that none of them include Tejada.