Terry Collins said he nearly gave Ruben Tejada his first day off in Monday's series opener against the Braves. Instead, Collins decided he will wait until Wednesday's matinee.
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Ronny Cedeno will start at shortstop in Tejada's place. And who might bat leadoff, with Andres Torres still on the DL and Tejada off?
Well, that likely will be Cedeno as well, Collins said.
Collins actually likes Kirk Nieuwenhuis as a potential leadoff hitter, but does not want the rookie's first experience against Jair Jurrjens on Wednesday to come in the No. 1 spot, because Jurrjens has the potential to tie up Nieuwenhuis. And Collins prefers to leave as much of the remainder of the lineup settled. And that means not disrupting Daniel Murphy from the No. 2 hole.
Torres, by the way, remains on the disabled list with a strained left calf. Assistant GM John Ricco said Torres may start running soon, but that activity is not scripted to begin tomorrow. Today, Torres took swings off a tee and from underhand tosses in Port St. Lucie, Fla.