Though the 21-year-old infielder technically isn’t part of the Mets’ second base competition, manager Terry Collins hasn’t closed the door completely on the possibility of Tejada claiming the position by the end of camp.
Tejada batted .213 with a homer and 15 RBIs in 78 games for the Mets last season, mostly at second base. Collins would like to have Tejada begin the season at Triple-A Buffalo at shortstop, an insurance policy behind Jose Reyes.
But if Tejada has a sizzling spring training and no candidate emerges from the second-base pack, Collins said he could envision Tejada playing second on Opening Day.
“It all depends on what those other guys look like when we start playing,” Collins said, referring to Luis Castillo, Daniel Murphy, Brad Emaus and Justin Turner.
Thursday, February 24, 2011
According to Mike Puma of the NY Post: