Tejada prefers being safe to being sorry

JUPITER, Fla. -- Ruben Tejada indicated he felt "a little bit tight" in his left hamstring while taking groundballs before Sunday's Grapefruit League game. He then decided it was better to report it to the Mets rather than try to play through the issue.

Tejada was scratched from the game at Roger Dean Stadium against the St. Louis Cardinals.

He noted that missing a couple of days now as a precaution would be better than suffering a strain that could cost him a few weeks of spring training as he tries to convince Mets brass he merits being the regular shortstop.

"It's better to say something before something bad," Tejada said. "... That's why I said something, because I don't want to miss two or three weeks with something."

Tejada said the hamstring had not presented a problem before Sunday. He was on the disabled list last year with a quadriceps strain in the other leg.

Tejada does not need to see a doctor, he added.

"No, no, no," he said. "It's only tight."

Fellow shortstop Wilfredo Tovar departed Friday's game with a right hamstring injury.

The Mets also have Omar Quintanilla, Anthony Seratelli, Wilmer Flores and Danny Muno in camp capable of playing shortstop.

"I don't think it's too many days. It's only tight," Tejada said. "That's a good thing. I didn't pull anything there. It's nothing bad."