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11 Ruben Tejada SS
Height/Weight: 5-11/198 | Birthdate: 10/27/1989 | Birthplace: Veraguas, Panama | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: New York | College: No College | MLB Experience: 6 | Salary: $514,701 | Owned/Started%: 0/0 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Mets' Wilmer Flores not in lineup Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/3/2015) Mets shortstop Wilmer Flores is not in the lineup for a second straight day Sunday against the Nationals.

Flores has started 21 of his team's 25 games at the shortstop position, but Ruben Tejada will get the call for a second straight day. Tejada was 1 for 3 Saturday but is just 4 for 21 with three walks and two doubles on the season, while Flores has hit .240/.278/.387 with three home runs and eight RBI in 75 at-bats. Flores has also committed errors in three straight starts.

"We're hoping a couple of days refreshes him and gets him back on track," manager Terry Collins said Sunday morning, per ESPN New York.

The Mets are favorites (-110) against the Nationals Sunday.


Curtis Granderson, Kevin Plawecki, Wilmer Flores out of Mets' lineup


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/2/2015) The Mets gave several regulars a rest on Saturday. 

Right fielder Curtis Granderson, catcher Kevin Plawecki and shortstop Wilmer Flores are all out of the starting lineup. 

John Mayberry makes his third start of the year in right, batting leadoff. Ruben Tejada makes his fourth start at short, batting seventh. Luke Recker will catch and bat eighth. 


Mets' Curtis Granderson, Daniel Murphy out of the starting lineup


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/22/2015) Mets right fielder Curtis Granderson and second baseman Daniel Murphy are out of the starting lineup Wednesday against the Braves, the team announced. 

Granderson will be replaced by John Mayberry for a scheduled off day while Ruben Tejada will take Murphy's place and bat ninth. Tejada is hitting .281 with 23 RBI in his career against left-handed pitchers, as opposed to his .244 average against righties.

Mayberry is hitting .455 with three double and an RBI in 11 career at-bats against Braves pitcher Eric Stults. It will also be Mayberry's first ever start in the leadoff spot. The Mets are currently the favorites (-132) against Atlanta.


Mets' Michael Cuddyer, Wilmer Flores out of lineup Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/19/2015) Mets left fielder Michael Cuddyer and shortstop Wilmer Flores are not in the starting lineup for Sunday's matchup with the Marlins.

It's just the second time on the bench this season for both players. Kirk Nieuwenhuis will bat seventh and play left field, while Ruben Tejada will bat eighth and play shortstop. The break for both starters comes even though the team is also off Monday.

"You've just got to understand that we've still got 150 to go, and we need those guys to stay as healthy as you can," manager Terry Collins said before the game, per ESPN New York.

The Mets are heavy favorites (-200) against the Marlins Sunday.


Mets' Juan Lagares leading off Sunday vs. Braves


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2015) Mets center fielder Juan Lagares has been moved to the leadoff spot for Sunday's game against the Braves.

Lagares will get the leadoff role with Curtis Granderson being replaced by John Mayberry in Sunday's lineup. The Mets are also giving second baseman Daniel Murphy and catcher Travis d'Arnaud a break from starting Sunday, with Ruben Tejada and Anthony Recker set to start against the Braves.

Manager Terry Collins indicated that while Murphy is fatigued, "his legs are fine," ESPNNewYork.com reports. Tejada was initially set to start ahead of Wilmer Flores Sunday but instead will spell Murphy at second base.

The Mets are underdogs (+104) against the Braves Sunday, per VegasInsider.com.


Report: Mets to go with four-man bench; Eric Campbell likely snubbed


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/4/2015) The Mets are expected to go with an eight-man bullpen and a four-man bench, snubbing Eric Campbell from an Opening Day roster spot, according to ESPN.

Campbell hit .255 (14 for 55) with six doubles, one triple, two home runs and nine RBI in 24 Grapefruit League games. The four-man bench will include Ruben Tejada, John Mayberry Jr., Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Anthony Recker.

Meanwhile, the eight-man bullpen will include Rafael Montero, Jeurys Familia, Jerry Blevins, Jenrry Mejia, Alex Torres, Carlos Torres, Sean Gilmartin, and Buddy Carlyle .


Report: Mets likely to keep Muno over Reynolds, if Murphy goes on DL


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2015) If Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy begins the season on the disabled list due to a hamstring injury, the team is more likely to choose Danny Muno over prospect Matt Reynolds to replace him on the roster, a team source told ESPN.

If Murphy is out, the Mets prefer to have Muno and Ruben Tejada play at second base, with Reynolds being sent to Triple-A to start at shortstop.

One of the reasons the Mets are considering sending Reynolds to the minors is because the team doesn't want to avoid a dilemma in case Reynolds thrives in Murphy's absence and manager Terry Collins wants to keep him around as a bench option. They do not want to start his MLB service time for a backup role.


Mets' Ruben Tejada draws start at third base in spring game


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/11/2015) Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada, who is being prepared for a backup infield role, drew the start at third base for Wednesday's spring game against the Marlins, per ESPN.

Tejada has never started or appeared in a game at third base in his first five years in the majors. He has appeared in 350 games at shortstop and 105 games at second base.


Jose Reyes on Mets' Ruben Tejada: 'Something is wrong'


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/27/2015) When asked about former Mets teammate Ruben Tejada, Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes shook his head and said "something is wrong," per Newsday.

Reyes revealed that during his final season with the Mets he tried to pass the torch to Tejada to become his replacement. Reyes landed in Miami in the offseason, and Tejada was destined to be his permanent replacement. Now entering spring training, Wilmer Flores is viewed as the favorite to win the starting job at shortstop for the Mets.

"Every time I talk to him I try to give him some advice," Reyes said. "What can I do? I try to push him to do stuff. I don't know if he gets it or not...He had the opportunity to be the everyday shortstop for a long time there in New York. You have to work, man. When you're younger, you think you have everything there for you. But if you do something wrong, it's going to go away. Quick.

"When I was there, I always give a lot of advice to him. We were always together. My last year there, every time I talk to him: 'This is going to be your position for a long time. Don't let it go away.' See what happened now? It's 2015 and he doesn't have a position to play. When they talk about who is going to play every day, they don't talk about Tejada. They talk about Flores."


Mets' Tejada not ready to concede starting shortstop job to Flores


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/24/2015) Although Wilmer Flores is viewed as the favorite to win the starting job at shortstop for the Mets, Ruben Tejada still feels he can win the job, per NJ.com.

"Yeah, why not," Tejada said. "I have to demonstrate here why we're here and why I want to. Come here the same way every year, stay healthy, the first thing, and work."

Tejada started a team-high 105 games at shortstop in 2014 for the Mets. 

"I'm ready to work and do my job inside and outside and stay focused and positive, do everything in the right way and keep going," Tejada said.


Report: Mets privately imply Tejada should play Niese starts


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/11/2015) The Mets have privately indicated infielder Ruben Tejada should garner most of his playing time on the days when starting pitcher Jonathon Niese is on the mound because Niese induces more grounders than the other starters, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN.

Wilmer Flores is expected to be the team's starting shortstop, barring a trade to bring in a shortstop. Although, Mets manager Terry Collins has indicated Tejada will still be in the mix for the starting job this spring.


Mets lock up Dillon Gee, Ruben Tejada before arbitration deadline


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/16/2015) The Mets reached a settlement with starting pitcher Dillon Gee and shortstop Ruben Tejada prior to Friday's arbitration deadline, reports ESPN. Gee agreed to a one-year deal, worth $5.3 million, while Tejada settled for $1.88 million.

Jenrry Mejia and Lucas Duda did not reach an agreement before the 1 p.m. deadline.


Mets appear ready to head to camp with Flores, Tejada in mix at SS


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/7/2015) Mets general manager Sandy Alderson hasn't rushed into a move this offseason to acquire a shortstop, and it appears the team will head to spring training with Wilmer Flores and Ruben Tejada vying for the starting shortstop job.

"We’ve continued to have conversations, but nothing is likely to occur," Alderson told the New York Post.


Mets' Collins not ready to name Flores starting SS, Tejada still in mix


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/8/2014) Mets manager Terry Collins said Monday even if the team doesn't acquire a shortstop, he won't name Wilmer Flores the starting shortstop. He said beleaguered infielder Ruben Tejada will be in the mix this spring as well.

Collins has a slightly different view than general manager Sandy Alderson, who said Sunday the likelihood of Flores being the starting shortstop are increasing.

"Where we are today, that's the likelihood but that doesn't mean it'll happen," Alderson said, per NJ.com. "If you look around at all the possibilities, is it more likely than not? Probably."


Report: Mets expected to release one player at non-tender deadline


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/1/2014) The Mets are expected to release one player at Tuesday's non-tender deadline, according to ESPN. Team insiders said it appears Eric Young is an option to be released, while beleaguered shortstop Ruben Tejada is safe.

Young is projected to earn roughly $2.25 million in arbitration. The Mets feel they can get comparable production from a fifth-outfielder type for a lower salary, according to sources.


Report: Mets search for shortstop upgrade, M's could be trade partner


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/12/2014) The Mariners could end up as a trade partner for the Mets, who are in search of a shortstop, multiple insiders told ESPN. Even with the trade of Nick Franklin in July, the Mariners still have shortstops Chris Taylor and Brad Miller on the roster.

The Mets appear ready to finally make a move to acquire a shortstop after losing patience with Ruben Tejada, who started 105 times at shortstop in 2014.


Ruben Tejada adds a pinch of power in win over Dodgers


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/25/2014) Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada added a pinch of power Sunday, launching his third third home run of the season in his team's 11-3 win over the Dodgers.

Tejada took Kevin Correia deep for a two-run home run in the third inning to break the game open. He finished 1 for 4 with a run scored and two RBI. He owns a .230/.345/.289 slash line with three homers and 25 RBI over 305 at-bats.

Wilmer Flores to get good look from Mets as starting shortstop


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/8/2014) It comes as no surprise that Wilmer Flores is starting ahead of Ruben Tejada on Friday night. The former has apparently supplanted the latter as the top shortstop with the Mets, per ESPN, following a conference between Terry Collins and general manager Sandy Alderson.

Flores has earned consistent playing time since late July, though he has not exactly sizzled at the plate. He has five hits in 21 at-bats without a multi-hit game during his recent stretch.


Struggling Ruben Tejada out of Thursday lineup


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/7/2014) Slumping Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada has been benched for the Thursday afternoon game in Washington. Wilmer Flores is set to start instead.

Tejada has a hit in just three of the last 10 games in which he received a plate appearance and seven of his last 20. His average has fallen from .246 to .226 since July 8.


Ruben Tejada silences critics for at least one day


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2014) Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada returned to the starting lineup during Wednesday's 11-2 win against the Phillies, and for one day at least quieted the speculation he might get supplanted at shortstop by Wilmer Flores.

Tejada went 3 for 4 with one run, one RBI and one walk in the win. He entered the game mired in a 4-for-38 slump in his previous 14 games.


Ruben Tejada returns to lineup Friday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/25/2014) Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada is in the starting lineup Friday against the Brewers, as expected Friday.

Tejada sat out Thursday's game when he was hit in the head by a pitch. He felt well enough to play Thursday, but manager Terry Collins said he was held out as a precaution.


Ruben Tejada expected to return Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/24/2014) Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada is expected to return to the starting lineup Friday, according to ESPN.

Tejada was hit in the head by a pitch during Wednesday's game, and sat out Thursday. The injury is not considered serious, and manager Terry Collins was just trying to be cautious with his shortstop. "We thought we’d give him one more day just as a precaution," Collins said. "He feels great. Said he could play, but we’ll just give him today and get him back in there tomorrow."

Tejada is hitting .235 over 260 at-bats. 


Ruben Tejada rests a day after getting hit in the head


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/24/2014) Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada was absent from the starting lineup Thursday at Milwaukee after getting hit in the head by a pitch Wednesday. Wilmer Flores started at shortstop for New York in Tejada's absence.

Ruben Tejada checks out fine after taking pitch to head


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2014) Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada checked out OK after being hit in the head by a pitch Wednesday, the New York Daily News reports.

Tejada is likely to miss at least one game, but the team probably won't have to make a roster move to bring up another shortstop. He went 0 for 1 before exiting Wednesday's game, giving him a .235/.358/.292 line with two home runs and 22 RBI in 260 at-bats.


Ruben Tejada leaves after getting hit in the head by pitch


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2014) Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada left Wednesday's game at Seattle in the fifth inning after getting hit in the head by a pitch from Taijuan Walker.

Tejada immediately fell to the ground after getting struck in the front of the helmet. He stayed on the ground for a few minutes while being evaluated by trainers before walking off the field under his own power.