Sandy Alderson is very pleased that 24-year-old SS Ruben Tejada took his off-season conditioning program seriously and appears ready for 2014 (New York Post, Jan. 24).
Tejada and Lucas Duda were among seven Mets players who participated in an off-season strength, conditioning and nutrition program in Michigan this winter.
“He went up there in November and he’s back up there now,” Alderson said in Virginia on Friday. “It’s one of the reasons we have greater confidence that he can handle that position as a regular, so we’ll see.”
According to multiple reports last Spring, Tejada arrived to camp out of shape, which was followed by a below-average season and injury.
“We’re always looking to improve,” Alderson said. However, he added, “We will be happy going into spring training with Ruben penciled in as being our starting shortstop.”
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