WASHINGTON -- New York Mets left fielder Jason Bay was activated Wednesday and was with the team for the first time since fracturing a rib on an attempted catch April 23.
The news for another starter was not positive, though.
Shortstop Ruben Tejada, who was expected to rejoin the Mets on Friday at Yankee Stadium, pulled himself from a rehab game with Triple-A Buffalo on Tuesday with right quadriceps tightness.
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Manager Terry Collins said Tejada will be taken off the rehab assignment and redirected to the team's Port St. Lucie, Fla., complex. Tejada landed on the DL on May 7 with a strain of that quadriceps.
"I just know his leg tightened up on him. He was afraid to run. So he took himself out of the game," Collins said. "So he's probably headed back to Florida."
Collins said there are no external remedies available to fill the shortstop void with Tejada and Ronny Cedeno (strained left calf) both on the DL. Interim starter Omar Quintanilla and backup Jordany Valdespin combined for three errors at shortstop in the Mets' 7-6, 12-inning loss to the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night.
Bay, meanwhile, completed a three-game rehab assignment with Class A St. Lucie by going 0-for-3 with a walk and playing a full game in left field Tuesday. In Bay's two previous rehab games with the Florida State League club, he served as the DH.
With the Mets playing at Yankee Stadium and then at Tampa Bay after this midweek series against the Nats, Bay is expected to see significant action at DH in the interim, Collins has said.
In other moves Wednesday, right-handed reliever Pedro Beato (shoulder) was activated from the DL. Chris Young was placed on paternity leave, which does not impact his next start Sunday at Yankee Stadium. And infielder Josh Satin was designated for assignment.
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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