May 27, 2013; Flushing, NY,USA; New York Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada (11) grounds into fielder

Where is Ruben Tejada?

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.

Among them?  Travis d’Arnaud, Ike Davis, David Wright, Eric Young, Jr., Josh Satin, Bobby Parnell, Jonathon Niese, Zack Wheeler, Dillon Gee, and Jenrry Mejia.

Of four notable players who attended fitness camp in Michigan, one of them – Lucas Duda – has arrived in camp, and two more – Juan Lagares and Wilmer Flores – are still at fitness camp.

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.


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  • Joe.02

    This is part of why people want him to go.

  • Will DeBoer

    I wonder if he doesn’t get there until the last moment Sandy will bite the bullet and sign Drew.

  • Ken Meoni

    As I see it, he attended fitness camp. That counts for something. Maybe he needs to take care of personal business, who knows? Maybe he has low moral, because of the situation with the GM. Point is, we can guess all day and not know for sure. The real important thing here, is how he does during spring training. I’ll wait for that, before I get negative. And maybe, just maybe he will have a strong spring and all these Drew rumors will finally die.

  • A Pocono View_

    While it would bode better for him to report early, pple shouldn’t be too quick to pass judgment …yet. If he doesn’t report at least a cple days before required start date..then perhaps we can justify speculating and judge then. And depending how well Tejada plays this yr, may be a mute point all together.