Showing posts with label Ruben Tejada. Show all posts
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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Mets Minor League Roundup 7/23: Ruben Tejada goes 3 for 5 in Vegas Win, Noah Syndergaard goes to 3-0 for Binghamton, Dominic Smith goes 1 for 2 for GCL Mets


Mets Minor League Roundup 7/23:

AAA - LAS VEGAS 12, RENO 10: The 51s scored 10 runs in the third inning alone, and still barely won the game. Ruben Tejada went 3-for-5, and left fielder Mike Baxter, right fielder Jamie Hoffmann and catcher Juan Centeno had two hits apiece. (One of Baxter's hits was a homer, his fourth of the season.) Wilmer Flores returned from an ankle injury, started at first base, and went 1-for-4 with two RBIs. Jordany Valdespin went 0-for-3 with two walks. Starter Jacob deGrom gave up five runs on eights hits in 3 2/3 innings, with six strikeouts and four walks. Reliever Greg Burke allowed three runs in two innings, including a pair of homers, but Robert Carson pitched a scoreless ninth to get the save. Box

AA - BINGHAMTON 6, READING 3: The B-Mets scored four runs in the bottom of the first inning, and that was all they needed. Noah Syndergaard improved to 3-0 at Double-A, giving up two runs on four hits in five innings, with seven walks and one strikeout. Second baseman Daniel Muno and center fielder Darrell Ceciliani had two hits apiece. Box

The Mets won the first game of the doubleheader. Starter Rainy Lara got the win, giving up two earned runs on five hits in 5 1/3 innings. Second baseman T.J. Rivera had two of St. Lucie's five hits. In the second game, which only went seven innings, Mets starter Domingo Tapia lasted just 2/3 of an inning, giving up three earned runs on two hits, with four walks. Box 1; Box 2

Monday, July 22, 2013

Mets Minor League Roundup 7/21: Jordany Valdespin has Big Night for Vegas, Baxter and Tejada also contrbute in win

Mets Minor League Roundup 7/21:

AAA - LAS VEGAS 15,  RENO 8: Jordany Valdespin went 4 for 6 with 5 RBI's, one of his hits was a 2-run HR. Mike Baxter and Ruben Tejada, who batted first and second respectively combined for 5 for 11 with 1 double, 1 triple, 3 RBI's and 4 runs scored!  Box

AA - BINGHAMTON 5, NEW BRITAIN 3: Binghamton produced a season-high seven doubles, beginning with Allan Dykstra's run-scoring two-bagger in the first. The Rock Cats used a pair of solo homers to grab the lead against B-Mets starter Erik Goeddel -- by Nate Hanson and Miguel Sano. Binghamton took a 4-2 lead with a three-run third that included doubles by Alonzo Harris, Josh Rodriguez, Cesar Puello and Travis Taijeron. Goeddel bounced back after Sano’s homer with three scoreless innings. In the sixth, Sano ripped a single past shortstop Wilfredo Tovar to start the inning and Daniel Ortiz walked. Dan Rohlfing’s innocent flyout to right proved costly for Binghamton. As Sano tagged up to third, Tovar received Puello’s throw and fired to first in attempt to nab Ortiz. The shortstop’s toss skipped into the seats and allowed Sano to score, trimming Binghamton’s lead to 4-3. But with the tying run on third, Goeddel struck out Jordan Parraz. He then handed the reins to Adam Kolarek. The southpaw struck out Angel Morales looking to end the threat. Kolarek returned for the seventh and worked around a leadoff double by Danny Santana in a scoreless frame.

The B-Mets added an insurance run against Ryan O’Rourke in the seventh. With the bases loaded after an intentional walk to Puello, Dykstra lifted a sac fly. Pedro Feliciano struck out two in a perfect eighth. Closer Jeff Walters surrendered a pair of two-out singles in the ninth, but escaped with his 26th save. Goeddel (9-3) allowed three runs (two earned) on six hits and matched a season high with eight strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings. He matched teammate Logan Verrett and Akron’s Matt Packer for the league lead in wins. Box

A+- ST. LUCIE 5,  DAYTONA 3: Dustin Lawley hit his 20th HR in the Ninth Inning which ended up being a insurance run, he ended up 3 for 5 with two RBI's.. Jayce Boyd was 2 for 5 with a HR (4). 2011 Draft Pick Michael Fulmer started the game got a no-decision. He went 4.1 innings,  giving up 4 hits, 4 runs, 3 walks, and 5 K's.. Angel Cuan got the win (7-2). Tim Byrdak who is still rehabbing in St.Lucie went a scoreless inning, striking out the side. T.J. Chism got the save in the ninth (15). Box

A - SAVANNAH 4, DELMARVA 2: Eudy Pina and Jorge Rivero had consecutive RBI doubles in a three-run first. Pina's solo homer in the eighth gave the Gnats (55-40) a two-run cushion. Beck Wheeler hit a batter, then struck out three straight in the ninth for his 11th save. Shawn Teufel and Hunter Carnevale combined for three scoreless relief innings. Steven Matz (4-4) allowed two runs on three hits and three walks in five innings. Box

RK - KINGSPORT 8, PRINCETON 1: Chris Flexen tossed seven scoreless innings, allowing three hits and one walk while striking out 11. Champ Stuart went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored.Victor Cruzado also drove in two runs. Box

SS - BROOKLYN 3, BATAVIA 2 (10 innings): Julio Concepcion's single plated Justin Turner in the 10th as the Cyclones (15-18) notched their fourth walk-off win of the season. Turner, in likely his final rehab game and again playing shortstop, led off the inning with a single. He advanced to second on L.J. Mazzilli's single. Jared King then advanced both runners with a sac bunt. After Matthew Oberste was intentionally walked to load the bases, Concepcion's single won it. Starter John Gant allowed one run on two hits in five innings. Relievers Cristian Chivilli, Paul Paez and David Wynn combined for five no-hit relief innings. James Roche's second-inning RBI double gave Brooklyn a 1-0 lead. Batavia scored an unearned run in the eighth to take a 2-1 lead, on a bases-loaded walk issued by Paez. Brooklyn evened the score in the bottom half. Mazzilli singled and King reached on a fielder's choice. Alex Sanchez then singled to advance King to third with one out. Concepcion followed with a grounder to shortstop Javier Lopez, who made the flip to second baseman J.T. Riddle. Concepcion beat out the double-play attempt as the Cyclones evened the score at 2. Box

Friday, July 19, 2013

Mets Minor League Roundup 7/18: Jordany Valdespin debuts for Vegas, Justin Turner still hitting for B-Mets, Dominic Smith goes 1 for 1 with 2 RBI's in GCL

Mets Minor League Roundup 7/18:

AAA - LAS VEGAS 3, RENO 2: Jordany Valdespin made his Las Vegas debut, starting at second base. He was 2 for 4 with 2 RBI's. Matt den Dekker  went 1 for 3 with a solo HR, which gave the B-Mets the lead in the seventh inning. Jacob deGrom got the win (3-1), he went 6 innings, giving up six hits, 2 runs, while striking out three. Robert Carson picked up his fifth save in relief. Demoted Shortstop Ruben Tejada went 2 for 5 with a run scored. Wilmer Flores (ankle) was placed on the DL before the game.  Box

AA - BINGHAMTON 4, NEW BRITAIN 3: The B-Mets scored three runs with two outs in the ninth inning to rally for the win. Rhyne Hughes capped the furious comeback by lining a go-ahead, two-run single against Matt Hauser. Rehabbing Justin Turner started the rally by deliverying a two-out single. Josh Rodriguez followed with a walk and Allan Dykstra blooped an RBI single to left. After Wilfredo Tovar pinch-ran for Dykstra, Cesar Puello walked to load the bases. Hughes then hammered Hauser’s 2-1 offering through the hole and into right field. Rodriguez scored easily. Tovar dove headfirst, ahead of the throw from Evan Bigley with the game-deciding run.

Jeff Walters then notched his league-leading 25th save. B-Mets starter Mark Cohoon dealt with only one baserunner through three innings, on a fielding error by Turner at shortstop. Eddie Rosario put New Britain on the board with a solo homer on Cohoon’s first pitch of the fourth. New Britain pounded out three more hits in the inning, but the B-Mets defense shined to prevent the Rock Cats from adding to their lead. Bigley was thrown out at home by Alonzo Harris when he tried to score on Josmil Pinto’s single. Darrell Ceciliani followed by making a diving catch in the left-field corner, robbing Miguel Sano of an extra-base hit. Binghamton capped the inning by nabbing Pinto at the plate after Nate Hanson laced a double to the right-field alley. Ex-big leaguer Nick Blackburn kept the B-Mets in check through five scoreless innings. In the sixth, Ceciliani started a rally with a double. He advanced on a sac bunt and tied the score at 1 on Danny Muno’s sac fly. Cohoon preserved the tie by posting zeroes from the fifth through seventh innings. The Rock Cats broke the tie in the eighth against Cohoon on Rosario's RBI single. Chasen Bradford took over for Cohoon and allowed one inherited runner to score. Bradford (1-1) earned his first Double-A victory thanks to Binghamton’s comeback. Box

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Mets Minor League Roundup 7/8: Kyle Johnson 3 for 4 in St.Lucie Debut, Atchison pitches one inning in rehab, Ruben Tejada 2 for 4 for Vegas

Mets Minor League Roundup 7/8:

AAA - SALT LAKE 7, LAS VEGAS 1: Starter Giancarlo Alvarado left the game in the second inning with an apparent right hamstring injury suffered during a rundown. Ruben Tejada went 2-for-4 with a double and drove in the lone 51s run. Box

AA - NEW HAMPSHIRE 7, BINGHAMTON 6: The B-Mets produced back-to-back homers in the ninth, but heavy rain terminated play and halted the comeback bid in the final game before the Eastern League All-Star break. The rubber-game defeat snapped Binghamton’s 15-series unbeaten streak. Trailing 7-3 in the ninth and with persistent rain falling, Rhyne Hughes had a leadoff double against reliever Alan Farina. Two batters later, Darrell Ceciliani lined a two-run homer over the right-field wall. Richard Lucas followed by crushing a solo homer. After Farina missed with his first pitch to Daniel Muno, crew chief Joe Born summoned the tarp. The teams waited 38 minutes before the contest was called. B-Mets started Darin Gorski retired the first 10 Fisher Cats he faced, including five via strikeouts. New Hampshire finally cracked the scoreboard in the fourth, on Brad Glenn's RBI double for a 1-0 lead. Gorski recorded two outs in the fifth and worked ahead of Jack Murphy with a 1-2 count before heavy rain halted play. Chase Huchingson took over after a 68-minute rain delay and retired Murphy to end the frame. Handed a 3-2 lead for the bottom of the eighth, B-Mets reliever John Church walked three of the first four he faced to load the bases. Pedro Feliciano got the call from the bullpen, but could not bail Church out. Ryan Schimpf banged a bases-clearing double off the wall to give the Fisher Cats a 5-3 lead. Kevin Nolan followed with a single and Kevin Ahrens brought two more home with a double down the third-base line. Church (2-4) was charged with three runs while recording two outs. Feliciano suffered his first blown save. The B-Mets (53-33) head into the two-day All-Star Break with the best record in the Eastern League. B-Mets Cesar Puello, Josh Rodriguez, Allan Dykstra, Logan Verrett and Jeff Walters will represent the Eastern Division at the All-Star Game on Wednesday in New Britain, Conn. Box

A+ - ST. LUCIE 5, FORT MYERS 3: Kyle Johnson went 3-for-4 with three runs scored in his Florida State League debut after a promotion from Savannah. Johnson was acquired from the Angels in the trade for Collin Cowgill. Kevin Plawecki drove in two runs. Reliever Chasen Bradford was promoted to Binghamton after tossing a scoreless inning. Starter Rainy Lara allowed three runs in five innings. Box

Monday, July 08, 2013

Mets Minor League Roundup 7/7: Ruben Tejada 0 for 4 for Vegas , Fulmer goes five innings in St.Lucie Debut

Mets Minor League Roundup 7/7:

AAA - TUCSON 4, LAS VEGAS 3: A half-inning after Wilmer Flores tied the score at 3 with a two-run double, Justin Hampson surrendered the decisive run in the bottom of the seventh. Wally Backman and Zach Lutz were ejected that inning after Lutz was called out on strikes. Backman mimicked ejecting the umpire, according to the Arizona Daily Star. Flores started at first base -- only his fourth game at the position this season. Ruben Tejada went 0-for-4 and is hitting .095 in the Pacific Coast League. Box

AA - NEW HAMPSHIRE 16, BINGHAMTON 5: B-Mets starter Erik Goeddel (7-3) walked a career-high seven and was tagged for seven runs over 4 2/3 innings in his first loss since April 19. The Fisher Cats hammered five homers, including four in an eight-run seventh. New Hampshire took advantage of nine walks to hand the B-Mets their most lopsided loss since April 26, 2012 -- a 16-3 defeat, also to New Hampshire. Goeddel loaded the bases on three straight walks in the third. Clint Robinson then hammered a grand slam. Following two more walks in the fifth, Ryan Schimpf laced an RBI single to end Goeddel’s night. Ryan Fraser entered and surrendered a two-run double to Brian Van Kirk and an RBI single to Jon Talley. Fisher Cats starter Marcus Stroman, a product of Patchogue-Medford High on Long Island, allowed four hits and struck out eight over seven innings. The B-Mets only highlights against Stroman came on a pair of homers -- by Allan Dykstra in the fourth and Travis Taijeron in the seventh. It was Dykstra’s 14th homer this season. In the seventh, Andy Burns led off with a solo homer against Fraser. Following a hit batter and a walk, Talley crushed a three-run homer. Adam Kolarek relieved Fraser after another walk, but could not stop the bleeding. Robinson singled and Brad Glenn launched a three-run homer. Burns capped the frame with a solo homer, his second long ball of the inning, for a 16-2 lead. Box

A+ - FORT MYERS 3, ST. LUCIE 0: After recovering from spring-training surgery to repair a torn meniscus and making two Gulf Coast League starts, Michael Fulmer made his Florida State League debut. Fulmer, the 44th overall pick in the 2011 draft, surrendered three first-inning runs. He ultimately completed five innings, surrendering no additional damage. St. Lucie (44-39) mustered only two hits -- a two-out single in the first by Jayce Boyd and a leadoff single in the seventh by Dustin Lawley. Angel Cuan and Chasen Bradford tossed two scoreless relief innings apiece. Box

A - GREENVILLE 6, SAVANNAH 4: Jake Kuebler surrendered six runs (five earned) in four innings. Savannah (50-36) had posted three runs in the top of the first, highlighted by Maikis De La Cruz's two-run triple and Stefan Sabol's RBI double. Trailing by two runs in the ninth, Phillip Evans had a leadoff double and Chad Zurcher walked. But Brandon Nimmo grounded into a double play and Kyle Johnson flied out. Julian Hilario tossed three scoreless relief innings. Johnson, the outfielder acquired from the Angels in the Collin Cowgill trade, is due to join St. Lucie on Monday after a promotion from Savannah. Box

Carlos Gomez, Alberto Baldonado and Ricardo Jacquez combined on a two-hit shutout in Game 1. Victor Cruzado homered and Chris Flexen allowed one run in six innings in the nightcap as the K-Mets improved to 7-10. Box 1, Box 2

SS - BROOKLYN 3, LOWELL 0: Miller Diaz picked up his first win with the Cyclones and recorded a season-high eight strikeouts in five scoreless innings. Diaz got into trouble only once. He loaded the bases in the fifth, but struck out Tzu-Wei Lin. Juan Gamboa led off the fourth with a walk and moved into scoring position on L.J. Mazzilli's single. With two outs, Alex Sanchez hit a hard groundball that was fielded by the second baseman Cleuluis Rondon. But Rondon threw it passed first, allowing Gamboa to score from second. Jorge Rivero followed with a single that drove in Mazzilli for a 2-0 lead. In the eighth, Patrick Biondi walked and stole second -- his sixth steal in four games. Gamboa's bunt landed Biondi on third. Mazzilli then hit a long fly ball to center field that was caught on an amazing leaping grab by center fielder Manuel Margot, resulting in a sac fly. Brooklyn’s bullpen closed the door. David Wynn and Ricky Knapp combined for three scoreless innings. Shawn Teufel pitched a perfect ninth to record his second save. Box

Sunday, July 07, 2013

Mets News: Ruben Tejada off DL, Demoted to Triple-A

Mets News:

Ruben Tejada officially is a minor leaguer.

Rather than keep Tejada on a rehab assignment accruing major league service time and pay, the Mets have deemed Tejada healthy, activated him from the DL and officially optioned him to Triple-A Las Vegas, where he already had been played since Tuesday.

Tejada had been in danger of a demotion before landing on the DL on May 30 with a right quadriceps strain.

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Mets Minor League Roundup 7/1: Montero loses, Matt den Dekker 0 for 5 in Vegas debut, Ike goes 0 for 5, Tejada 2-4 in GCL

Mets Minor League Roundup 7/1:

FRESNO 14, LAS VEGAS 6: Matt den Dekker went 0-for-5 with two strikeouts in his Las Vegas debut after recovering from a fractured right wrist suffered during spring training. Starter Rafael Montero (0-2) allowed four runs in five innings. D.J. Mitchell then surrendered nine runs (six earned) in the sixth as Fresno took a 13-1 lead.  Ike Davis did play, going  0-5 with 3 K's Box

BINGHAMTON 0, ALTOONA 0 (suspended): The game was suspended in the bottom of the first inning due to inclement weather. The B-Mets and Curve will resume the contest on Tuesday at 5:05 p.m. Torrential rain forced the scoreless game to be halted with two outs and the bases clear. The suspended game is scheduled to last nine innings. Tuesday’s regularly scheduled game then is set for seven innings. Following a 30-minute delay, Erik Goeddel made it through a scoreless top of the first. The Curve threatened however, loading the bases with the aid of a hit-by-pitch, error and walk. In the bottom half, Daniel Muno led off with a hard-hit ball over the center fielder’s head. He attempted a triple, but slid past third base and was tagged out. Josh Rodriguez then struck out and the umpires pulled the teams off the field amid heavy rain. Box


HICKORY 5, SAVANNAH 0: Luis Parra blanked the Gnats (5-6/48-32) through eight innings, allowing only three hits and two walks. Parra no-hit the Gnats through 4 1/3 innings, until Nelfi Zapata lined a single into left field. The Crawdads scored the game's opening two runs in the third against Savannah starter Jake Kuebler. Nick Williams tripled. After a walk to Nick Vickerson, Ronald Guzman bounced an RBI single into right field. Vickerson scored later in the inning on an error by third baseman Cole Frenzel. Kuebler lasted five innings. He allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits and was charged with the loss to fall to 2-4. Hickory added an unearned run in the seventh against Savannah reliever Tyler Vanderheiden. A two-run homer from Guzman, his third of the year, in the ninth completed the game's scoring. The Gnats' offense collected just three hits -- all singles. Box

ELIZABETHTON 8, KINGSPORT 4: Starter Martires Arias fell to 0-3 after surrendering four runs on three hits and five walks in three innings. Jonathan Leroux went 3-for-5 with an RBI for the K-Mets (3-9). Box

STATEN ISLAND 8, BROOKLYN 7 (12 innings): In the first game of what was supposed to be a doubleheader at MCU Park, the game was scheduled to go just seven innings, but lasted 12. In the top of the 12th, Daniel Lopez hit a solo homer over the left-field wall off of Ismael Tijerina to give the Yankees the decisive lead. Tijerina started the game at shortstop, but moved to pitcher after left-hander Juan Urbina got into trouble in the top of the 11th. Lopez’s homer was in response to a game-tying two-RBI double from James Roche in the bottom of the 11th, which had evened the score at 7. The Cyclones ended their streak of the 23 consecutive scoreless innings, connecting for seven runs and 17 hits. Due to the length of the game and a league curfew, the teams were not able to get the second game started. Box

GCL CARDINALS 4, GCL METS 2: Michael Fulmer allowed four runs on six hits in six innings. Ruben Tejada went 2-for-4 with an RBI and played a full game at shortstop. Wuilmer Becerra's sacrifice fly scored Tejada in the first inning. Box

Monday, July 01, 2013

Mets News: Tejada going to Triple-A Vegas to Rehab

Mets News:

After playing his third game with the Gulf Coast League Mets, Ruben Tejada is moving to Triple-A Las Vegas to continue his rehab assignment.

Tejada went 2-for-4 with an RBI and two strikeouts Monday and played a full game at shortstop for the first time since landing on the DL with a right quadriceps strain.

Terry Collins strongly suggested Tejada would not return to the big leagues after a few tuneup games with Las Vegas. Instead, the manager said, Tejada would need to demonstrate he is worthy of returning. Tejada had been on the verge of getting demoted before landing on the DL during the Subway Series.

"I want him to have some success," Collins said. "When he was here, he was struggling. In order to come back, you've got to have some confidence in what you're doing. So I want him to go down there and have some success, so when it's time to come back here, his game is where it belongs and where he feels good about it."

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Mets News: Injury Updates for Turner, Duda, Tejada, d'Arnaud, den Dekker

Mets News:

Here are updates of injured/rehabbing Mets:

Justin Turner (left intercostal strain) is playing catch but not yet swinging a bat, signaling he is at least a couple of weeks away from returning.

Lucas Duda (left intercostal strain) is still limited to getting treatment.

Ruben Tejada (right quadriceps strain) played seven innings in a Gulf Coast League game Saturday. After playing nine innings, he may be ready to move to Triple-A Las Vegas.

Travis d'Arnaud (broken left foot) had some discomfort while running on flat ground, but that is to be expected during his rehab, according to Mets personnel.

Matt den Dekker (fractured right wrist) has regularly been playing in Class A St. Lucie games. He's still gaining wrist strength after having it immobilized for so long, will be reporting to play for Las Vegas Monday..

Mets Minor League Roundup 6/29: Ruben Tejada goes 0 for 3 in second rehab game

Mets Minor League Roundup 6/29:

AA - Binghamton 4, Trenton 3 (Game 2)
Trenton 4, Binghamton 2 (Game 1): The two teams split the doubleheader. Trenton scored three in the first inning en route to a win in the first game. Daniel Muro and Josh Rodriguez each homered in the first game. Cesar Puello went 2-for-3 with an RBI in the second game. Mark Cohoon picked up the win. Game 1 Box; Game 2 Box

A + - Ft. Myers 12, St. Lucie 2: St. Lucie was bludgeoned on Saturday by Ft. Myers. Matt den Dekker went 3-for-4. Starter Alex Panteliodis gave up eight runs in 3 2/3 innings. Box

A - Rome 6, Savannah 2: Savannah scored two in the first inning but was held down the rest of the way. Cole Frenzel went 1-for-2 with an RBI. Steven Matz suffered the loss despite giving up just two earned runs in eight innings. Box

RK - Kingsport 5, Elizabethton 4: Kingston scored three runs in the ninth inning to tie the game. Jeffrey Diehhl scored on a wild pitch to win the game. Starter Carlos Gomez pitched 6 2/3 innings of shutout ball. Box

SS - Hudson Valley 9, Brooklyn 0:: The Cyclones were blanked on Saturday. Gavin Cecchini went 3-for-4. Dario Alvarez gave up five runs in 4 2/3 innings. Box

RK - GCL Nationals 5, GCL Mets 4:: Ruben Tejada went 0-for-3 in his second rehab game. Box

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Mets News: SS Ruben Tejada to begin rehab later this week

Mets News:

Ruben Tejada is due to begin a rehab assignment later this week, Terry Collins said.

The manager expects Tejada will begin the minor league work in the Gulf Coast League, but also will play at Triple-A Las Vegas before completing the assignment.

Tejada landed on the DL on May 30, during the Subway Series, with a right quadriceps strain. At the time, Tejada was in a 1-for-17 rut. His average had dropped to .209 and he was in danger of a demotion.

Collins expects Tejada will return to the majors once the rehab assignment is over, not be optioned to the minors. Still, the manager indicated, it is too soon to determine how he might divvy playing time with Omar Quintanilla, who has been productive in Tejada's absence.

Quintanilla, who needs to get a day off soon. Collins said he would use Jordany Valdespin at shortstop unless Justin Turner happens to return from the DL before then.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Mets News: Ruben Tejada not progressing, not close to returning

Mets News:

Ruben Tejada will not be returning to the Mets in the near future.

Tejada, who landed on the disabled list May 30 with a right quadriceps strain, still is not ready to do any lateral movements as he fields grounders in Port St. Lucie, according to Terry Collins. Tejada also is only hitting off a tee.

Last season, a right quadriceps strain sidelined Tejada for seven weeks.

Omar Quintanilla, despite recently enduring an 0-for-22 hitting skid, is batting .250 with two homers and seven RBIs in 64 at-bats since replacing Tejada. With Justin Turner (side muscle) now on the DL, Jordany Valdespin would serve as the backup to Quintanilla.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Mets News: Ruben Tejada running in St.Lucie

Mets News:

Shortstop Ruben Tejada, who landed on the disabled list on May 30 with a right quadriceps strain, ran Tuesday in St. Lucie for the first time since suffering the injury, the Star-Ledger reported.

Omar Quintanilla had batted .333 with a homer and three RBIs since replacing Tejada.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Mets News: Mets make it official, Tejada DL, Quintanilla up to play short

Mets News:

Ruben Tejada officially has landed on the disabled list with a right quadriceps strain. Omar Quintanilla has been promoted from Triple-A Las Vegas and will be active for Thursday's Subway Series finale in the Bronx.

Tejada suffered the injury pursuing a foul ball during the ninth inning of Wednesday’s game at Yankee Stadium. He departed with one out remaining.

He spent seven weeks on the DL last season with a strained right quadriceps.

Tejada is hitting .209 with 10 RBIs in 187 at-bats this season and has shown fielding lapses.

Quintanilla is hitting .413 with one homer, 10 RBIs and 10 walks this month with Las Vegas.

The lefty-hitting Quintanilla primarily has played in a platoon at shortstop in Triple-A. Collins similarly could employ a platoon with righty-hitting Justin Turner with the Mets.

The Mets shifted Frank Francisco to the 60-day DL to open a 40-man roster spot for Quintanilla.

Mets Rumors: Quintanilla going to replace Tejada???

Mets Rumors:

Shortstop Omar Quintanilla has been pulled from Triple-A Las Vegas' game on Wednesday night after three innings, signaling he likely would be the replacement assuming Ruben Tejada lands on the DL with a quadriceps injury.

Struggling shortstop Ruben Tejada injured his right quad, the same injury that forced him to miss over a month last season in the ninth inning Wednesday night. He will be evaluated by team doctors in the morning.

Quintanilla, who failed to make the team out of spring training when the Mets opted not to carry a backup shortstop, is having a torrid May. He is hitting .413 with one homer, 10 RBIs and 10 walks during the month.

Overall, Quintanilla is hitting .333 in Triple-A this season.

He hit a combined .243 with four homers and 16 RBIs in 169 at-bats last season with the Mets and Baltimore Orioles.

Saturday, March 09, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Santana, Hefner, Francisco, Cut 3, Wright, Mejia, Collins on Tejada

Mets News and Notes:

Johan Santana did not join teammates for the morning workout before Saturday's game against the Houston Astros.

Sandy Alderson said Terry Collins may address the issue postgame. A team insider said there was no major setback, but thought Santana might be slowed.

Jeremy Hefner starts against the Astros, and it's not a leap to expect he likely will open the season in the rotation, with Santana on the DL.

The Mets had targeted Thursday for Santana's first Grapefruit League action.

Frank Francisco (elbow inflammation) said he now expects to throw off a mound for the first time in spring training on Sunday.

Travis d'Arnaud, who was struck below the right elbow with a pitch Friday, participated in the full morning workout and said he was fine.

The Mets have made their first cuts of spring training, dispatching right-handers Cory Mazzoni and Rafael Montero and catcher Juan Centeno to minor league camp.

Mazzoni, a second-round pick in 2011 from NC State, started the Grapefruit League season quickly with five scoreless innings over his first two appearances. Overall, he finished with a 3.38 ERA in eight innings.

Montero, who split last season in Class A between Savannah and St. Lucie, made two appearances spanning four innings. He had a 4.50 ERA and allowed six hits and no walks with one strikeout.

Centeno was 0-for-1. He appeared in two Grapefruit League games.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Santana, Francisco, Duda, Tejada. Cowgill

Mets News and Notes:

Terry Collins said Johan Santana, who has been backed off mound work for the time being, looks stronger throwing on flat ground.

"I told him already today: He looked better today than he did five days ago," Collins said. "I think the long-toss program is making strides."

The Mets need to get Santana in a Grapefruit League game by March 10 or 11 in order to get him four spring-training starts and ready for Opening Day.

If Santana were to open the season on the disabled list, Jeremy Hefner and Collin McHugh would be the most serious considerations, with Zack Wheeler technically in the consideration set. Collins said he also likes Rafael Montero, but it's not practical because of a 40-man roster crunch (along with the fact Montero has not pitched above Class A). Montero is not on the 40-man roster.

Terry Collins said the Mets "right now" still have a script in place to get Frank Francisco ready for Opening Day.

Frank Francisco made 25 tosses, playing catch with Collins, at 60 feet on flat ground Monday. It marked Francisco's first time throwing since being shut down at the start of camp with elbow inflammation.

Collins said Francisco likely would advance to 70 feet on Wednesday.

"It's a step forward, for sure," Collins said. "The swelling has subsided. The discomfort has subsided. And so now we've got to take these gradual baby steps as we get closer to getting him back to where he needs to be. ... We have a thing in the organization where basically, before he can get on the mound, we'd like him to get to 150 feet. When he gets there, then we'll get him on the mound."

Francisco underwent surgery in December to remove a bone spur from his pitching elbow.

"We've got five weeks," Collins said. "We've still got a lot of time."

Lucas Duda will be held out of Grapefruit League games for at least the next two days, Terry Collins said.

Collins and Duda said the left fielder's wrist, which was surgically repaired during the offseason, is fine.

The manager instead suggested that being cautious in limiting Duda's swings early in camp has resulted in Duda not getting enough repetitions yet in a cage to be ready for spring-training action.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Trading Ike, Triple A Vegas, No Scoring, Knuckleball Day, World Baseball Classic, Adding Seats at Citi, Hefner, McHugh, Familia, Brewer

Going, Going, Gone?
Mets News and Notes:

The Mets will consider trading Ike Davis this winter, which would open first base for Lucas Duda and potentially address other areas of need, a baseball source told

Mike Puma in the Post also weighs in on the Davis vs. Duda debate, writing:
The 25-year-old Davis said he would like to stay in the organization that selected him No. 1 (18th overall) in the 2008 draft. But he said he won’t be bitter if he’s dealt. “If they trade me, they trade me -- I can’t do anything about it,” Davis said. “I have to do my job where I am at.” Does Davis consider himself a cornerstone-type player? “I think I can help teams win baseball games,” Davis said. “That is all I want to do.”

After the Buffalo Bisons showed no interest in renewing their four-year-old affiliation agreement, the Mets signed a two-year deal (the shortest available) with the Triple-A Las Vegas 51s of the Pacific Coast League.

Terry Collins, who managed in that league for five years, acknowledged the altitude and dryness of the West Coast ballparks present challenges to pitchers and inflate batters' statistics. But pitchers can still thrive, the manager added.

Top prospect Zack Wheeler, who likely is ticketed for Triple-A to open next season, tweeted after the news became official that he is familiar with those types of conditions because he played with San Jose in the California League while in Class A with the San Francisco Giants.

R.A. Dickey had no margin for error in Monday's loss. The Mets have now scored three or fewer runs in a franchise-record 14 straight home games. They are 4-22 at Citi Field since the All-Star break.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Mejia, Johnson, Cyclones, Tejada, Wright, Wilpon, Backman, Phillies

Mets News and Notes:

Jenrry Mejia will enter the rotation Saturday at Milwaukee, with Jeremy Hefner moving to the bullpen.

Nats manager Davey Johnson delighted in officially eliminating the Mets from division-title contention. "That made me a little happy," Johnson told Washington reporters postgame. The Mets' tragic number for wild-card elimination is 12.

The Brooklyn Cyclones mustered only one hit and were eliminated from the New York-Penn League playoffs Sunday. Both Mets affiliates to qualify for the postseason -- St. Lucie and Brooklyn -- were eliminated in a winner-take-all Game 3 in the opening round.

Ruben Tejada, who previously had confirmed he would train during the offseason in New York and Port St. Lucie, told Kevin Burkhardt (Twitter link) that he will work out with Jose Reyes at the Garden City, L.I., facility where Reyes has trained for several years. Among the other athletes who train together there: Pedro Beato, the Rockies' Adam Ottavino and Mets minor leaguers Cam Maron (Hicksville High product), John Mincone (Half Hollow Hills East) and Steven Matz (Ward Melville).

David Wright and Jeff Wilpon visited the Squad 18 firehouse in lower Manhattan on Monday morning.

Wright told Marc Carig in Newsday there have been no developments with a contract extension. "I don't think it's the right time, but I guess I'll answer your question," Wright said. "There's nothing new. I guess status quo." Said Wilpon: "I think we've said all along that we plan on keeping David and we want David to be part of the organization long term. Let's not get into the contract. He didn't want to negotiate during the season. We're not going to negotiate during the season. We'll find the right time to sit down and talk."

Saturday, September 08, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Braves Streak, Mets Honorees, Mejia, Torres, Tejada, Carson, Chipper

Mets News and Notes:

The Mets send Jeremy Hefner (2-5, 4.52 ERA) to the mound at 4:05 p.m. today. He opposes reigning NL Pitcher of the Month Kris Medlen (7-1, 1.56). The Braves have won Medlen's past 18 starts, the longest streak in the majors since the Yankees won 20 straight starts by Roger Clemens in 2000.

The Mets will honor infielder Wilmer Flores and right-hander Rafael Montero as the Sterling organizational player and pitcher of the year in a ceremony before the game. Also due to be honored are each affiliate's player of the year: Matt Harvey (Buffalo), Zack Wheeler (Binghamton), outfielder/second baseman Alonzo Harris Jr. (St. Lucie), right-hander Michael Fulmer (Savannah), right-hander Hansel Robles (Brooklyn), right-hander Miller Diaz (Kingsport), right-hander Yoryi Nuez (Dominican Summer League 1) and outfielder Vincente Lupo (Dominican Summer League 2).

Jenrry Mejia surrendered a solo homer to Dan Uggla with two outs in the ninth, but otherwise recorded six outs in his first major league appearance since Sept. 15, 2010. Mejia mostly spent last season rehabbing from Tommy John surgery. Collins said Mejia will be used as a starter later in the month, roughly coinciding with Harvey being shut down for the season.

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