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Collins: Tejada needs to improve to return

Ruben Tejada

Ruben Tejada

#11 SS
New York Mets

2013 STATS

  • GM50
  • HR0

  • RBI10

  • R18

  • OBP.267

  • AVG.209

MILWAUKEE -- What does Ruben Tejada need to do to get back to the majors?

"I want to hear about quality at-bats," Terry Collins said Sunday morning, a day after Tejada officially was taken off a rehab assignment and optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas, making him a minor leaguer for the first time in two years. "I want to hear about the fact his first-step quickness is back.

"He's not Jose Reyes, but this guy had great instincts to the ball. I want to make sure I hear that's back, that he's getting to baseballs, he's getting the good read off the bat -- in a tough place to play. So if he's getting it there, I know he's getting ready."

Since joining Las Vegas, initially as a major leaguer rehabbing from a quadriceps injury, Tejada is hitting .118 (2-for-17).