New York Mets: Potential Replacements If Ruben Tejada Heads to Disabled List

Daniel BudickCorrespondent IMay 6, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 06: Ruben Tejada #11 of the New York Mets is tended to by trainer Ray Ramirez and manager Terry Collins after an injury on his fourth inning bunt single against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field on May 6, 2012 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Tejada left the game. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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In today's 3-1 win over the Diamondbacks, the New York Mets' Ruben Tejada took a nasty fall into first base while running out an infield hit. From the naked eye, it looked like it could have caused several injuries. After being taken out of the game, the Mets reported that Tejada suffered a strained right quad. Justin Turner came in to take over the duties at shortstop.

Terry Collins didn't rule out the possibility for Ruben to be placed on the DL. AOL News reported that Collins stated:

I don't know how bad it's going to be. If they think it's going to be five, six days, we'd probably have to make some move to get somebody here.

For at least the next few days, it will be Turner at short with David Wright as the backup, as well as Vinny Rottino, who was just recalled from Triple-A.

Rottino will likely only be here for a short period of time, as Ronny Cedeno is due to return by the end of the week. With Cedeno's return, Turner can then go back to the bench. Cedeno will then return to shortstop, if and only if Tejada is unable to return by then.

The team is expected to have Jordany Valdespin in Philadelphia tomorrow just in case the Mets do decide to place Tejada on the DL prior to the game.

Thus far, Tejada has been outstanding at shortstop for the Mets. His defense has been terrific, and his offense has improved immensely since last season. He's currently top five in doubles in the National League. He has also shown great plate discipline, taking a lot of pitches and working the count.

Tejada will be missed by the Mets if  he remains out long. He has been a nice surprise in the early going of this season, and has shown many people that he can be a regular in the major leagues.


The Mets have decided to place Ruben Tejada on the 15 day DL, Jordany Valdespin will be active tonight against the Phillies.