Terry Collins told reporters Ruben Tejada will get extensive playing time when he is recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas.
Tejada is expected to be promoted when rosters expand in September, although Collins was unsure if Tejada would remain with Las Vegas for the postseason.
Tejada has hit .295 with 16 extra-base hits and 25 RBI with 14 walks and 35 strikeouts since joining the 51s. He’s hitting .385 with a 1.034 OPS over his last ten games.
Before injuring his quad in May, Tejada was hitting .209 with a .529 OPS in 204 plate appearances over 50 games in the Major Leagues.
Michael Baron, ContributorTejada stunk over the first two months of the season. His quad injury made it easy for the front office to get him off the active roster during the Yankee series, and until recently, he hadn’t done much to warrant a promotion back to the big leagues.
Omar Quintanilla is not an everyday player, and his weaknesses have been exposed (and he apparently is exhausted) as a result of not getting a break over the last three months. The Mets are going to give Tejada every opportunity to show what he can do over the final month of the season, but the fact that he spent so much time in the minors speaks to what the organization thinks of him at this point in time.