Ruben Tejada has been out since straining the quad running to first base on May 6.
He attempted some baserunning Friday that went “so-so,” Terry Collins said, then adding “it’s not a setback.”
“He still has some point tenderness in the thigh so it has not changed,” the manager said. “When he runs the bases he said he was still uncomfortable, so they slowed him down.”
Collins said Friday that when Tejada is able to come off the DL, he will return as the starting shortstop because the club needs his hitting (he was batting .305).
But when asked about the level of concern, he said, “It didn’t heal as fast as I had hoped but that’s what every manager wants – a guy to get well fast. Anytime you have a strained muscle it may take three weeks. We were hoping we’d get him back faster but it looks like it’s going to have to run the course.”
Though the Mets don’t want him running, Tejada has been taking infield and will play DH in an extended spring training game on Monday.
Ronny Cedeno came out of Saturday’s game after drawing a walk in the eighth inning, feeling a cramp in the calf. He got treatment Sunday. Of the severity of the pain he said, “I don’t feel anything (serious). After the cramp, my calf feels sore.”
Right hander Chris Young makes his fourth minor league start on Thursday for Triple-A Buffalo as he works back from last May’s shoulder surgery . . .
Catcher Josh Thole, on the 7-day DL with a concussion since May 8, will be behind the plate in an extended spring training game on Monday. . . .
Righthander Miguel Batista, on the 15-day DL with a lower back strain, will begin a minor league rehab assignment Tuesday.