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Sunday, May 13, 2012
Tejada return not in near future

By Adam Rubin

Ruben Tejada is eligible to return from the disabled list May 22, but his absence appears as though it will extend beyond 15 days.

Terry Collins indicated that Tejada (strained right quadriceps) is in Port St. Lucie, Fla., but has not been cleared to do any activity yet. Tejada suffered the injury and tumbled as he reached first base last Sunday at Citi Field trying to leg out a single.

Ronny Cedeno will start a third straight game at shortstop Sunday since being activated from the DL.

Collins considered giving Jordany Valdespin the start instead because the manager felt Valdespin might have success against Marlins right-hander Carlos Zambrano. But with the Marlins using an all-righty lineup (with three switch-hitters --  Jose Reyes, Emilio Bonifacio and Zambrano) against southpaw Jon Niese, Collins wanted to use his best available defensive shortstop.

Jason Bay (fractured rib) is due to be examined in New York this week before being cleared to proceed to Florida to begin baseball activities.

Josh Thole (concussion) remains under orders not do to things such as driving a car. Doctors told Thole he was permitted no activity for the first week after colliding with Ty Wigginton in Philadelphia last Monday.