Collins: Ruben hasn't lost shortstop job

April, 15, 2014
Apr 15
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PHOENIX -- Omar Quintanilla is starting at shortstop for the second time in the past four games Tuesday night, after getting no starts during the season's opening 10 games. Still, Terry Collins insisted Tejada is not losing the shortstop job.

Collins said the decision to use Quintanilla on Tuesday merely was in response to right-hander Bronson Arroyo's success against righty batters (.219 opposing batting average last season, versus .295 for lefty batters).

The manager added that he wanted to go back to Quintanilla for a game because the backup had a three-hit night Saturday against the Los Angeles Angels.

Tejada is hitting .195 with three RBIs and has a .267 on-base percentage in 45 plate appearances.

Among qualifying major-league shortstops, Tejada ranks 20th of 26 in average, ahead of only Yunel Escobar (.191), Asdrubal Cabrera (.188), Jonathan Villar (.171), Jhonny Peralta (.150), Jordy Mercer (.139) and Zack Cozart (.105).
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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