Friday, August 30, 2013
Tejada to play 'quite a bit' in Sept.
By Adam Rubin
Adam RubinWASHINGTON -- Once Ruben Tejada returns to the major league roster in September, the exiled shortstop will see regular action over Omar Quintanilla, Terry Collins said.
Terry Collins says Ruben Tejada will get significant time at shortstop when he returns from Las Vegas.
"He's going to play quite a bit when he gets here," Collins said. "We've got to find out what's going on. And we'd like to see how he handles some things right now, too, because I know he's probably saying to himself, 'I've got something to prove.'"
Collins said he has "no idea" whether Tejada's call-up would wait until Triple-A Las Vegas is entirely done with its playoffs. The 51s lead their division by two games over Sacramento with four regular-season games remaining and can clinch a postseason berth tonight because they have the tiebreaker.
Tejada has lifted his average to .295 with 23 RBIs and a .347 on-base percentage in 227 Pacific Coast League at-bats. He produced his first homer Thursday.
The merit of leaving him in Triple-A for so long can be debated. It's one thing to send a message. But now the Mets have dramatically reduced the amount of major league games they have in order to evaluate whether he is still capable of being a part of the organization going forward -- unless team officials already have internally concluded he is not a useful part.
Tejada is due to be eligible for arbitration for the first time this offseason. His 2014 salary nonetheless should end up comfortably under $1 million, since he hit .209 with no homers and 10 RBIs in 187 major league at-bats this season before landing on the DL and then getting optioned to the minors.