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Monday, July 1, 2013
Tejada must prove worthy in Vegas to return

By Adam Rubin

NEW YORK -- After playing his third game with the Gulf Coast League Mets, Ruben Tejada is moving to Triple-A Las Vegas to continue his rehab assignment.

Tejada went 2-for-4 with an RBI and two strikeouts Monday and played a full game at shortstop for the first time since landing on the DL with a right quadriceps strain.

Terry Collins strongly suggested Tejada would not return to the big leagues after a few tuneup games with Las Vegas. Instead, the manager said, Tejada would need to demonstrate he is worthy of returning. Tejada had been on the verge of getting demoted before landing on the DL during the Subway Series.

"I want him to have some success," Collins said. "When he was here, he was struggling. In order to come back, you've got to have some confidence in what you're doing. So I want him to go down there and have some success, so when it's time to come back here, his game is where it belongs and where he feels good about it."