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Tejada is No. 2

Ruben Tejada

Ruben Tejada

#11 2B
New York Mets

2011 STATS

  • GM66
  • HR0

  • RBI24

  • R17

  • OBP.367

  • AVG.277

Of Ruben Tejada's 133 career major league starts, 111 have come in the No. 8 hole. But Terry Collins has now found at least a temporary home for Tejada at No. 2 in the lineup. The manager placed Tejada in the two-hole Tuesday night in Philadelphia -- Tejada's seventh career start in that slot.

Tejada is hitting .378 (17-for-45) with six doubles and five RBIs since an Aug. 8 promotion from Triple-A Buffalo.

"Right now he's putting as good at-bats on as anybody in the lineup," Collins said. "You've got the middle of the order coming up behind him. And I thought if he continues to swing like he's swinging, he'll be on. We're having a little problem pushing some runs across, so I'd like to get some guys up there who are swinging good."

Collins said it is not intended as a wakeup call for Justin Turner, who is 3-for-26 over his last 10 games as his average has sagged to .256. Turner dropped to eighth in the lineup.

"That's not the purpose at all," Collins said. "Justin has had a tremendous season. There may be a little fatigue there in Justin's case. He's been banged up a little bit."

When Jose Reyes returns after a weekend rehab assignment, Collins called it "possible" that Tejada could see some action at second base.