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TC disappointed with Tejada absence

Ruben Tejada

Ruben Tejada

#11 SS
New York Mets

2011 STATS

  • GM96
  • HR0

  • RBI36

  • R31

  • OBP.360

  • AVG.284

As Terry Collins did when Luis Castillo did not report early a year ago, the skipper expressed disappointment Ruben Tejada will not be in camp ahead of Saturday's official report date for position players.

“I am a little surprised,” Collins said Wednesday. “A lot of it is just selfishness on my part. I take great pride in the game itself, and respecting the game. I wish everybody had the same respect for it to want to get started as early as possible. So I know Ruben will come in great shape. I know he’ll be ready to go. I just wish he was here.”

Tejada is expected to be in camp Saturday, according to Collins. A person familiar with the situation said there are no flags on Tejada's visa application, and that the issue was that Tejada originally went to U.S. embassy in his native Panama on a holiday, when the embassy was closed.

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