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11 Ruben Tejada SS
Height/Weight: 5-11/185 | Birthdate: 10/27/1989 | Birthplace: Veraguas, Panama | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: New York | College: No College | MLB Experience: 5 | Salary: $514,701 | Owned/Started%: 2/1 | Average Draft Position: 343.82
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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.


Report: Mets in market to acquire shortstop, left fielder


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/14/2014) While the Mets might be shopping veteran starting pitcher Bartolo Colon by the July 31 trade deadline, they also appear buyers.

The Mets would like to acquire an upgrade at shortstop over Ruben Tejada and a power-hitting left fielder to join Juan Lagares and Curtis Granderson as regulars in the outfield, industry sources told ESPN.

It is also believed Mets general manager Sandy Alderson could be looking to deal outfielders Chris Young and Eric Young.


Ruben Tejada homers again Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/4/2014) Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada went 1 for 3 with a walk and a solo home run in his team's 5-4 loss to the Cubs Wednesday.

It was the second home run in three games for Tejada, who didn't hit his first home run till May 31. His offensive game has trended up in recent days, and he now owns a .228/.348/.309 with two home runs and 14 RBI in 136 at-bats.


Ruben Tejada homers, reaches base five times in win Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/31/2014) Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada had a breakout offensive performance Saturday, going 3 for 4 with two walks, one home run, two RBI and two runs in his team's 5-4 win over the Phillies.

Tejada has seen a huge improvement in recent days, posting multi-hit efforts in three of his last four games. His home run was his first of the season and the third in 1,344 career at-bats. Tejada has hit .227/.349/.289 in 128 at-bats.


Ruben Tejada to get the bulk of the playing time at short


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/17/2014) Mets infielder Ruben Tejada will get the bulk of the playing time at short, according to ESPN.

The club called up Wilmer Flores recently, and he was expected to see playing time at the position. That could change, as Flores may start platooning at second base. Tejada has hit .192 over 104 at-bats.


Ruben Tejada ends 'rough week' with clutch hit


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/12/2014) Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada came into Sunday's game against the Phillies mired in a terrible offensive slump to begin May. For one day, however, he put an end to his offensive woes, knocking in the winning run with a walk-off single in the 11th inning of a 5-4 win Sunday.

Tejada finished 2 for 4 with one double and two walks. He came into the game 0 for 15 in his first six May games.

"It feels pretty good after a rough week for me and the team," said Tejada, who recently lost his starting job at shortstop.


Ruben Tejada swinging at 'very marginal pitches'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/7/2014) Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada went hitless in two at-bats Wednesday at Miami, dropping his season average to .183. Tejada is hitless in 14 at-bats in May.

"I just think he's trying a little bit too hard. He's swinging at some very marginal pitches," hitting coach Dave Hudgens said. "Yesterday he swung at two pitches that were up and in and hit groundballs. We're kind of searching, wanting to get hits, as opposed to having a good approach and getting a good ball to hit and don't try to force it. I think he's just trying to force it a little bit right now."


Ruben Tejada finding his swing


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/9/2014) Mets infielder Ruben Tejada picked up his first multi-hit performance of the season Tuesday, in a 4-0 win over the Braves.   

Tejada went 2 for 3 in the game, driving in one run with each single. He also scored twice and walked once, while striking out once in the win.

Tejada raised has batting averaging to .286 on the season with Tuesday's performance, though he also boasts a .400 on-base percentage through seven games. 


Report: Mets continue to monitor shortstop market


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/12/2014) Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada's shaky play this spring has renewed concerns for management he will not be able to handle the starting shortstop job. Therefore, the Mets are continuing to monitor the shortstop market, according to the New York Daily News.

A team source said Tuesday the Mets continue to scout Mariners infielder Nick Franklin, as they decide whether or not Franklin can play shortstop well enough to justify his offensive potential and giving up a starting pitcher prospect for him.

Also, a source for another team told the Daily News the Mets are also monitoring the Diamondbacks' shortstop competition, and "could jump in" to make a trade for Didi Gregorius or Chris Owings before spring training ends. Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers said recently he would consider trading one of his young shortstops, ideally for a top catching prospect, which would likely be Mets catcher Kevin Plawecki.

There is also free-agent shortstop Stephen Drew, but there is no indication from Drew's agent, Scott Boras, that his client would be willing to sign a bargain-type contract.


Ruben Tejada goes hitless in return Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/7/2014) Making his first appearance in a week, Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada went 0 for 2 and committed a fielding error in his team's 5-5 tie with the Cardinals Friday.

Tejada missed the past week while dealing with a tight hamstring, making Friday's game his second of the spring. He's 0 for 5 at the plate thus far, and his spring struggles, if they continue, could lead the team to go a different direction at the position this season.


Ruben Tejada ready to go


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/6/2014) Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada is ready to go Friday, according to ESPN.

Tejada is dealing with some hamstring issues, but was expected to be ready to play Friday. Tejada is expected to open the season as the team's starter at short. He hit .202 in 208 at-bats last year.


Ike Davis, Ruben Tejada out until Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/4/2014) Mets first baseman Ike Davis and shortstop Ruben Tejada won't play until Friday, Newsday reports.

Davis is dealing with calf tightness, but his competitor for the starting first baseman role is also battling soreness. Tejada has tightness in his left hamstring. Both players are looking to establish themselves as the clear starter at their respective positions.


Ruben Tejada scratched with tight hamstring


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/2/2014) Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada has been scratched Sunday with a tight hamstring, according to the Newsday.

Tejada will be replaced by Anthony Seratelli at short. Tejada hit .202/.259/.260 in 206 at-bats last season.  


Ruben Tejada goes hitless in spring debut Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/1/2014) Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada went 0 for 3 and left four men on base in his team's 5-4 loss to the Nationals.

It was an inauspicious spring debut for the Mets' presumed starting shortstop, and if he struggles this spring, the Mets would likely bring in another starting option via trade or free agency. His performance fell off a cliff in 2013 when he hit just .202/.259/.260 in 208 at-bats.


Ruben Tejada in line to start


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2014) Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada is in line to be the team's starting option, according to Newsday.

General manager Sandy Alderson confirmed the news to reporters. It doesn't sound like Tejada will have a lot of leeway if he struggles, however. The Mets have been mentioned as a candidate for Stephen Drew, but there doesn't appear to be much happening there. 

Tejada hit .202 in 208 at-bats last year.


Ruben Tejada ready for 'new opportunity'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/23/2014) After a turbulent 2013 season, Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada dedicated his offseason to getting in shape and coming to camp ready to silence his critics, according to Newsday.

"The only promise I make is that I'll go every day to the field ready to work hard and play hard, to try to do the best for me, my family, for everybody," Tejada said. "That's the only promise I make every time."

Tejada said he's ready for "a new opportunity" in 2014.

"It's a good thing," he said. "I have the opportunity to make every adjustment . . . to stay happy with me, happy with the front office, happy with the fans, happy with everybody."


Ruben Tejada comes to camp with 'different attitude'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/17/2014) Mets manager Terry Collins said he's eager to see shortstop Ruben Tejada in action after the infielder spent eight weeks this winter at a training facility run by a former University of Michigan football strength and conditioning coach, who consults for the Mets. 

"He looks good. You can tell he’s really worked hard and trimmed down," Collins said, per ESPN. "I asked him how much faster he was. He said, ‘I’ll show you.’ And I said, ‘OK, good.’ He’ll have the chance. 

"He’s a great kid. And he’s as big a joker as anybody. But I think he’s coming into this camp with a different attitude and a different makeup. There’s something to prove."