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After sour Grapefruit, Tejada produces

Terry Collins said it never seriously was considered to send Ruben Tejada to Triple-A to open the season. It merely was momentarily floated and dismissed in an internal meeting.

Ruben Tejada

Ruben Tejada

#11 SS
New York Mets

2013 STATS

  • GM1
  • HR0

  • RBI1

  • R2

  • OBP.500

  • AVG.500

Still, there was concern about how Tejada was performing in spring training, when he hit .096 (5-for-52) in Grapefruit League play. Tejada told his manager not to worry.

He backed it up with an RBI double into the left-field corner in the second inning against Edinson Volquez that opened the game’s scoring in the Mets’ 11-2 win against the San Diego Padres.

Tejada finished 2-for-4 -- one of six Mets with a two-hit game.

“Spring training is different,” Tejada said. “We started the season today, so we started with the right foot.”

Said Collins: “That was a huge hit. He’s had a tough spring. To have him be the first guy that gets the big hit, I thought was really cool.

“I turned to [bench coach] Bob Geren and said, ‘Well, he didn’t lie to me.’ He said, ‘When it’s time, I’ll be ready.’”