Monday, May 07, 2012

Mets Shortstop Ruben Tejada placed on the DL


Ruben Tejada’s left eye had a redish-purple blotch under it, a reminder of his head clunking off the infield dirt after a fall on Sunday. It sounded for awhile that Terry Collins thought he broke a bone in his face, but that was not the case.

Tejada was in discomfort in his right quadricep that sent him to the disabled list this afternoon, leaving the Mets without their starting shortstop for at least the next two weeks.

The club decided to de-activate him before facing the Phillies Monday night. Tejada, 22, reported lingering symptoms, which was enough to convince the team to shut him down.

“That is exactly why we did it,” manager Terry Collins said. “Because we didn’t want it to be more than two weeks. But we’re hopeful that’s all it will be.”



After Sunday’s game, Collins expressed concern about Tejada damaging his eye or head with the fall. But assistant general manager John Ricco ruled out any injuries to those areas. Tejada was not concussed, he said.

The Mets recalled Jordany Valdespin in Tejada’s place. Valdespin and Justin Turner, who started against Roy Halladay last night, will platoon until Ronny Cedeno returns from the disabled list.

Cedeno, signed in the offseason as the backup shortstop, missed two weeks with a strained intercostal muscle, and was scheduled to play five innings in an extended-spring game yesterday. The team hopes he’ll be recalled later in the week.

“He shouldn’t be too far away,” Ricco said. “It’s really just a matter of him getting at-bats.”
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