New York Mets: Injured Jose Reyes Leaves Opening for Ruben Tejada

Jeff SpencerContributor IMarch 12, 2010

NEW YORK - APRIL 03:  Ruben Tejada #86 of the New York Mets bats against the Boston Red Sox on April 3, 2009 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The game marks the first time the Mets play in their new ballpark. The Mets won the game 4-3.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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As most have us Mets fans know by now, Jose Reyes is expected to be on the disabled list for an overactive thyroid when the season begins, but now it appears, according to the team, Reyes will be replaced with 20-year-old Ruben Tejada, who played in Double-A last year, this according to the New York Daily News

Tejada batted .289 last season and hit five homers in 488 at-bats in the minors but claims he'll be ready to play in the bigs.

"It's baseball," Tejada told the Daily News. "Everywhere I play the game normal. I'm ready for everything."

The Mets could also use the obvious Alex Cora, but manager Jerry Manuel seems to prefer Tejada.

To me, Alex Cora seems like the better bet because of all the hard work he put into last season when Reyes went down, but if Manuel would prefer Tejada then why not change things up?