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Ruben Tejada | Shortstop

Team: New York Mets
Age / DOB:  (25) / 10/27/1989
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 198
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Ruben Tejada had a two-run double on Monday and is up to 10 RBI in 37 at-bats this spring.
Wilmer Flores will step it up offensively this year, but if Tejada resumes hitting like he did in 2011 and 2012, he'd still be the Mets' best option at shortstop. He's at .269 with six doubles in 37 at-bats this spring. Last year, he had a total of 11 doubles in 355 at-bats. Mar 23 - 4:17 PM

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Ruben Tejada delivered a pair of doubles and walked in four plate appearances against the Marlins on Wednesday.

Tejada had been 1-for-13 this spring prior to his nice day. As sour as the Mets have often seemed to be on him, it's amazing that he's managed to stick around for another year. He'll open up as Wilmer Flores's backup at short.
Mar 11 - 4:45 PM

Ruben Tejada could get playing time at shortstop during Jon Niese's starts this season.

The reason for that is that Niese has a reputation as a groundball pitcher and they have more confidence in Tejada defensively than they do with Wilmer Flores. It's worth noting that Zack Wheeler also induces a high number of grounders, but it's unclear whether Tejada will also play when he starts. If anything, this shows that they (understandably) don't view Flores as an everyday shortstop and Tejada won't be a forgotten man.
Feb 11 - 2:35 PM

Mets and INF Ruben Tejada avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.88 million contract.

He receives a salary bump in his second year of arbitration eligibility. Tejada batted .237/.342/.310 last season and is set for a backup infielder role in 2015.
Jan 16 - 2:15 PM

Ruben Tejada (head) will be back in the Mets' lineup Friday.

Tejada isn't playing Thursday after being hit in the helmet by a pitch Wednesday, but he has no concussion symptoms and the Mets are just being cautious. "Talked to the trainers last night," manager Terry Collins said Thursday. "We thought we’d give him one more day just as a precaution. He feels great. Said he could play, but we’ll just give him today and get him back in there tomorrow."
Thu, Jul 24, 2014 08:20:00 PM

Ruben Tejada (head) said Thursday that he feels no symptoms.

Tejada left Wednesday's game after he was hit in the helmet with a pitch, but he passed a concussion test and feels no lingering effects. He's out of the lineup Thursday, but should be back soon enough.
Thu, Jul 24, 2014 04:52:00 PM

Mets manager Terry Collins said Ruben Tejada feels "pretty good" after leaving Wednesday's game due to being hit in the head with a pitch.

It's good news, as Tejada could have easily been more seriously injured. Team doctors said he has no concussion symptoms, so a roster move won't be made at this time. Tejada will travel home with the team and should be back in the lineup shortly.
Wed, Jul 23, 2014 07:04:00 PM

Ruben Tejada left Wednesday's game against the Mariners after taking a Taijuan Walker pitch to the head.

The ball hit the front of Tejada's helmet and knocked it off. He was able to walk off the field under his own power, but the Mets will surely run concussion tests.
Wed, Jul 23, 2014 05:05:00 PM

Mets manager Terry Collins said Saturday he's considering using Ruben Tejada in the leadoff spot going forward.

Matt den Dekker batted leadoff on Saturday, but Tejada has entered the conversation with his hot hitting of late. The shortstop is 14-for-33 (.424) since he was held out of three straight games in mid-May. It'd be a nice boost in runs scored for owners in NL-only leagues, but he's still a speculative play in any mixed leagues despite the good stretch.
Sat, Jun 7, 2014 07:33:00 PM

Ruben Tejada went 1-for-3 with a walk and a solo home run in Wednesday's loss to the Cubs.

Tejada set a career-high with his second home run of the season -- the other coming on June 1 -- and the fourth of his five-year career. The blast occurred in the fourth inning off of Edwin Jackson, which staked the Mets to a 4-2 lead at the time. Tejada is slashing .228/.348/.309 in 163 plate appearances this season.
Wed, Jun 4, 2014 11:47:00 PM

Ruben Tejada went 3-for-4 with a home run, two RBI, and two walks in Saturday's 14-inning win over the Phillies.

The solo shot was his first home run since August 1, 2012. Tejada went 611 plate appearances between home runs, giving him the longest active streak in the majors. Of course, the Phillies' Ben Revere had the longest before he went deep last Tuesday. With Revere and Tejada off the board, John Baker now has the longest homerless streak in the majors.
Sun, Jun 1, 2014 11:42:00 AM

Ruben Tejada went 2-for-2 with a double, two walks, and a stolen base in Tuesday's win over the Pirates.

Tuesday marked just the eighth time in his career that Tejada had reached base four times on any combination of hits and walks, and only two of those eight games also included a stolen base. Tejada also got his average back over the Mendoza line with the effort, now slashing a meager .209/.331/.252.
Tue, May 27, 2014 11:12:00 PM

Mets manager Terry Collins confirmed Saturday that Ruben Tejada is still the team's starting shortstop.

It had been expected that Wilmer Flores would get an opportunity to be the everyday shortstop once recalled from Triple-A, but that simply hasn't and won't be the case. Collins prefers Tejada's tremendous glovework and has been impressed by what he's done at the plate lately as well. It's a disappointing development for fantasy owners who were hoping to capitalize on Flores' offensive potential.
Sat, May 17, 2014 02:57:00 PM

Mets manager Terry Collins said Tuesday that Ruben Tejada "has earned his way back into the lineup."

Wilmer Flores started two games in a row at shortstop after being recalled over the weekend, but Tejada has responded to the pressure with four hits, three walks and a couple RBI over the last three nights. Although Tejada is certainly the better option defensively at short, fantasy owners were selfishly hoping Flores could run away with the job since he's much better with the bat.
Tue, May 13, 2014 11:41:00 PM

Ruben Tejada went 2-for-4 with a walk-off single in Sunday's win over the Phillies.

With the bases loaded and one out, Tejada lined a single past a drawn-in infield to give the Mets an 11-inning win. The hits were Tejada's first in May as Wilmer Flores has threatened to take his job in recent days, and the shortstop is still batting just .195 on the year.
Sun, May 11, 2014 06:25:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Travis d'Arnaud
2Anthony Recker
3Johnny Monell
1B1Lucas Duda
2Eric Campbell
3Brandon Allen
2B1Daniel Murphy
SS1Wilmer Flores
2Ruben Tejada
3B1David Wright
LF1Michael Cuddyer
2Kirk Nieuwenhuis
CF1Juan Lagares
2Matt den Dekker
RF1Curtis Granderson
2John Mayberry
3Alex Castellanos
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Matt Harvey
2Jacob deGrom
3Zack Wheeler
4Bartolo Colon
5Jon Niese
6Dillon Gee
7Rafael Montero
8Cody Satterwhite
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jenrry Mejia
2Jeurys Familia
3Carlos Torres
4Vic Black
5Josh Edgin
6Bobby Parnell
7Sean Gilmartin
8Buddy Carlyle
9Scott Rice
10Erik Goeddel
11Dario Alvarez
12Jack Leathersich