Ruben Tejada back with the Mets

Ruben Tejada 1 polaroidThe Mets have recalled SS Ruben Tejada from Triple-A Las Vegas, the team announced on Twitter.

4:09 p.m.: Tejada will start at shortstop on Wednesday, and will get the bulk of the starts the rest of the season, Terry Collins told reporters.

10:00 a.m.:  “One of the problems with Tejada is it’s like pulling teeth,” Sandy Alderson told WFAN last week, in regards to encouraging his shortstop to put in extra work. “We need to see a commitment to improvement. He’s going to have to earn it.”

In late August, Terry Collins told reporters that Tejada will get extensive playing time when he returns to the Mets.

By delaying Tejada’s return until today, the Mets will retain him another year before he can hit free agency.

Tejada was hitting .209 with a .529 OPS in 204 plate appearances prior to going on the disabled list, after which he was demoted to Triple-A.

To read reaction to Tejada being promoted, click here...

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

My belief in Tejada has been all over the road since he first joined the Mets. I first thought he was useless, then thought he could be a back-up middle infielder, sort of a Cesar Izturis-type. Later, I thought he was an underrated, little-things specialist, who could be trusted to play every day, and now I’m back to thinking he’s some place between a marginal starter and a bench player. I also know he’s still just 23-years-old, so he still has room to grow.

In other words, I’m totally lost. I hope he plays every day, so I can at least get a better grip on what I think about his future here, if he has one at all.

To see media reaction to Alderson’s comments about Tejada, watch this episode of SNY.TV’s Recapr, presented by Pepsi.