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Ruben Tejada | Shortstop | #19

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (26) / 10/27/1989
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 198
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2006 / UDFA / NYM
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Cardinals activated Ruben Tejada from the 15-day disabled list.
Tejada, signed to a $1.5 million contract in March, missed the first two weeks of the regular season because of a left quad strain. Aledmys Diaz has taken over as the Cardinals' primary shortstop, but Tejada could see some starts between there and second base. The 26-year-old is a .255/.330/.323 major league hitter. Apr 18 - 1:35 PM

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The Cardinals plan to activate Ruben Tejada (quad) from the disabled list on Monday.

Tejada picked up three hits over nine at-bats during a short rehab assignment. With Aledmys Diaz's emergence, Tejada figures to serve as a utility infielder for the Cards. Greg Garcia's roster spot might be the most vulnerable.
Apr 17 - 1:22 PM

Ruben Tejada (quad) will begin a minor league rehab assignment with Double-A Springfield on Thursday.

Per Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com, Tejada could return to the Cardinals as soon as Sunday. He suffered a left quad strain in his final spring training game and was subsequently placed on the 15-day disabled list prior to the start of the 2016 regular season. While that might seem like a cruel twist of fate, the 26-year-old shortstop has had no issues in his rehab. For the time being, expect Jedd Gyorko, Aledmys Diaz and Greg Garcia to continue to split at-bats at shortstop for the Cardinals. It's not exactly clear how Tejada is going to fit in.
Apr 13 - 7:33 PM

Ruben Tejada (quad) could begin a minor league rehab assignment by the end of the week.

Tejada began the year on the DL with a left quad strain, but Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said he's already "moving fairly well." He won't be ready to return when he's first eligible on Saturday, but he's not far off. Jedd Gyorko, Aledmys Diaz, and Greg Garcia will continue to hold down shortstop in St. Louis for now.
Apr 11 - 4:45 PM

Cardinals placed SS Ruben Tejada on the 15-day disabled list with a left quad strain.

Tejada suffered the injury in the Cards' final exhibition contest. Jedd Gyorko will be the primary shortstop until Tejada returns.
Apr 3 - 8:28 AM

Ruben Tejada was removed from Thursday's game against the Yankees with a left quad strain.

Tejada was brought aboard earlier this month to help out at shortstop in the absence of Jhonny Peralta (thumb), but now he too is heading for the disabled list. Greg Garcia suddenly becomes a lock to make the Cardinals' Opening Day roster. Jedd Gyorko will likely get the majority of starts at shortstop in the early going, unless the Cards want to try Aledmys Diaz again. It's not clear how long Tejada will be out, but quad strains usually take more than a couple weeks to heal.
Mar 31 - 2:37 PM

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny indicated Tuesday that he plans to use both Ruben Tejada and Jedd Gyorko extensively at shortstop while Jhonny Peralta (thumb) is out.

"I think Gyorko has caught the ball really well," Matheny said. "I think he has impressed us with what he's been able to do there. He looks comfortable. Ruben has looked real good, too. He's making all the plays, and then some, and also taken some really good at-bats. It's kind of as we hoped for that we have a couple good options." Tejada is the much steadier defensive presence and ultimately he should receive the bulk of the playing time at shortstop while Peralta is on the shelf. Gyorko will be active, though, both as an occasional shortstop and a right-handed hitting option at second base.
Mar 29 - 6:36 PM

Cardinals signed INF Ruben Tejada to a one-year, $1.5 million contract.

Tejada reportedly turned down a minor league offer from the Yankees because he had a major league offer in hand, and now we see why. With Jhonny Peralta (thumb) set to begin the season on the disabled list, Tejada will likely fill in as the starting shortstop for the Cardinals. He's a better glove man than their other internal options, but there's not much to love here from a fantasy perspective.
Mar 19 - 11:46 AM

Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reports that Ruben Tejada turned down a minor league contract offer from the Yankees.

It's believed that Tejada has a major league deal on the table and could be close to signing soon. The 26-year-old infielder was released by the Mets on Wednesday after passing through waivers unclaimed. Regardless of where he lands, Tejada isn't likely to be fantasy-relevant.
Mar 18 - 7:50 PM

Mets released INF Ruben Tejada.

Tejada went unclaimed after being placed on waivers this week. The Mets will only be responsible for $500,000 of his $3 million salary for 2016. Tejada is now free to negotiate with any team and should draw plenty of interest. The Cardinals have been mentioned as one possibility with Jhonny Peralta sidelined, but it was reported Tuesday that they only had limited interest. That could change now that he's a free agent. Tejada, 26, is a .255/.330/.323 hitter in the majors.
Mar 16 - 2:20 PM

MLB Network's Jon Heyman reports that the Cardinals' interest in Ruben Tejada is "limited, at best."

Heyman does say that the Cards "could consider" Tejada "on the cheap" now that the shortstop is on waivers. They have the last waiver spot in the National League, so 13 other teams would have to pass on Tejada for him to get to St. Louis. The Cardinals could use some shortstop depth following the injury to Jhonny Peralta (thumb), but they'll stick with some combination of Aledmys Diaz, Jedd Gyorko, and Greg Garcia for the time being.
Mar 15 - 9:34 PM

Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that the Mets have placed infielder Ruben Tejada on waivers.

Cutting ties would allow the Mets to recoup at least five-sixths of Tejada's $3 million salary for this season. They would save the entire $3 million if he's claimed. The assumption was that Tejada would stick around after the recent knee injury to Asdrubal Cabrera, but now Wilmer Flores will presumably serve as the starting shortstop and Matt Reynolds will be the backup. Tejada, 26, batted .261/.338/.350 over 116 games last season and should be a useful piece elsewhere. The Cardinals and Dodgers could be potential landing spots.
Mar 15 - 10:50 AM

Ruben Tejada tripled, doubled and knocked in three runs against the Marlins on Sunday.

It's nice to see Tejada making a strong comeback from last year's broken leg. He could be traded prior to Opening Day, even though the Mets would seem to have greater need for him with Asdrubal Cabrera and David Wright hurting.
Mar 13 - 5:42 PM

Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports the Mets are still "comfortable" trading Ruben Tejada even if Asdrubal Cabrera (knee) opens the year on the disabled list.

According to Rubin, the Mets "feel good" with Wilmer Flores at shortstop. Matt Reynolds and Gavin Cechinni give the team enough depth to make a move. With Jhonny Peralta (thumb) out for the next 2-3 months, you can bet the Cardinals will be calling about Tejada.
Mar 12 - 6:24 PM

Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com reports that the Cardinals "clearly were interested" in Ruben Tejada.

The Cards could be on the lookout for shortstop help after Jhonny Peralta's thumb injury. However, Rubin says that the likelihood of the Mets trading Tejada seem to have "considerably diminished" with Asdrubal Cabrera (knee) going down. Tejada's salary could be reduced from $3 million to $750,000 if he's released before Opening Day, but he's seemingly locked into a roster spot with the Mets now.
Mar 11 - 1:13 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yadier Molina
2Brayan Peña
3Eric Fryer
1B1Matt Adams
2Brandon Moss
2B1Kolten Wong
2Jedd Gyorko
SS1Jhonny Peralta
2Ruben Tejada
3Aledmys Diaz
4Greg Garcia
3B1Matt Carpenter
LF1Matt Holliday
2Jeremy Hazelbaker
CF1Randal Grichuk
2Tommy Pham
RF1Stephen Piscotty
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Adam Wainwright
2Michael Wacha
3Carlos Martinez
4Jaime Garcia
5Mike Leake
6Lance Lynn
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Trevor Rosenthal
2Kevin Siegrist
3Seung Hwan Oh
4Jordan Walden
5Seth Maness
6Jonathan Broxton
7Tyler Lyons
8Matt Bowman
9Mitch Harris