Mets Injury Update: Cedeno Sent to DL, Valdespin Gets Call

By Matt Musico

Oh yes, the Mets were making another roster move after last night’s loss to the Phillies, but it wasn’t a good one. After testing his strained left calf Wednesday at Citi Field, Terry Collins decided that Ronny Cedeno wasn’t healthy enough to avoid the disabled list for the second time this season. To take Cedeno’s spot on the roster, New York recalled Jordany Valdespin from Triple-A for the third time this season, as he’s getting used to the trip back and forth between Buffalo and New York.

Cedeno is now the third Mets shortstop that has been put on the disabled list this month, joining a recovering Ruben Tejada and newly injury Justin Turner. It’s frustrating to see all three players go down at one time, but it’s even more frustrating that Tejada’s

return continues to get delayed. With another examination coming up tomorrow before Johan Santana and the Mets take on Carlos Beltran and the Cardinals, a timetable for his return is still hazy.

Valdespin has been brought up to split time at short with Omar Quintanilla for the time being, and Jordany has proved himself valuable in the field because he’s not only played short at Triple-A this season, but also second base and center field, which Terry Collins could use when making in-game substitutions and switches. Valdespin has only collected two hits in his first 21 at-bats in the Majors, but his first hit was a clutch three-run homer of Jonathan Papelbon to seal a win in Philadelphia. Quintanilla may take the bulk of the playing time because of his three-hit Met debut Tuesday night, but Collins should use Valdespin in some capacity because he’s been swinging the bat well recently for Buffalo.

On the season, he’s hitting .279 with four homers in Triple-A, but is currently enjoying a 7-for-20 stretch, while driving in seven runs in his last six games. Already getting three call-ups in two months due to various injuries, the length of Valdespin’s latest call-up to the Mets will directly be related to what the doctors say about Ruben Tejada’s strained quad tomorrow.

As Josh Thole still stays on course to return to the Mets lineup tomorrow, Collins has said that he’s not sure who will be moved to make space on the roster just yet. Mike Nickeas broke camp as Thole’s backup, but hasn’t performed at the plate, hitting .148 in his 24 games this season, whereas Rob Johnson has hit way over his career norms in his first 10 games with the Mets (.321). Collins mentioned that Johnson’s performance has forced him to think about it longer, and the Mets skipper has an off-day to mull it over.