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Sunday, August 11, 2013
Collins: Q's my shortstop

By Adam Rubin

PHOENIX -- Don't look for Ruben Tejada until after rosters expand in September.

Terry Collins made it crystal clear after Saturday's 4-1 win against the Arizona Diamondbacks that Omar Quintanilla is his shortstop.

The Mets are now 31-29 in Quintanilla's starts this season. Collins particularly liked the double play Quintanilla initiated in the eighth inning.

"I get questions every day about when the other guy is coming back -- 'When's Ruben coming back?'" Collins said. "I've yet to see why Omar Quintanilla should lose his job. All he does is make plays like that night after night. You look at his batting average (.224) and it's not what he'd like it to be. But he's on base 33 percent of the time and he's done a really good job. We wouldn't be playing like we're playing without him."

After going 0-for-4 Saturday night, Tejada is hitting .257 since his demotion. He is 4-for-52 since July 26.