Ruben Tejada Avoids Minors with DL Trip

Well, that worked out, sort of. The decision on what do to with Ruben Tejada was made for itself when he injured his right quad in Wednesday night’s game, so now he is on the disabled list instead of being sent to the minors.

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Ruben Tejada hobbling just before being removed from Wednesday’s game.

Tejada hurt himself in the ninth inning when he raced into foul territory to chase a pop fly and had to slide to avoid Mike Baxter. Really, Tejada should have let up earlier and should never have been in a position to have to slide.

Ruben Tejada was out for seven weeks with a same quad strain last season., so if history is any guide, we might not see Tejada for a while. Also, when he is finally healthy, he can go to Triple-A on a rehab assignment to work things out rather than as a demotion.

Tejada is batting just .209, and he was notified on Tuesday that if he didn’t start hitting, he would be sent to Las Vegas. He has gone 1-9 since the meeting with Mets brass, so a demotion was probably imminent.

Omar Quintanilla, who was hitting .413 in the rarefied PCL air, has been recalled. He had to be put on the 40-man roster, so Frank Francisco was moved to the 60-day disabled list. It’s likely that we’ve seen the last of Francisco, the recipient of the largest free agent contract Sandy Alderson has handed out in his time as Mets GM. That suits Mets fans just fine.

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