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How long will Mets stick with Ruben Tejada?

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07:54 PM ET 04.18 | New York Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada is in a nasty defensive slump. In 13 games, Tejada has committed six errors -- the majority of the mistakes coming from inaccurate throws -- and the latest was on Tuesday night when he sailed the ball over Ike Davis' head that led to two tying runs with two outs in the eighth inning of the Rockies' extra inning comeback win. This is a whole new thing for Tejada. In his brief tenure in the majors, the thing that the 23-year-old was known for was his defense. However, that reliability has come under scrutiny recently. As the Mets' shortstop, it is unacceptable to have these defensive struggles, especially this early on in the season and especially if he isn't making it up with his bats. Just last year, in 110 starts at shortstop, he committed only 12 errors. The Mets have very little choice, right now, at that spot. The team doesn't have a legitimate backup on the 25-man roster. So what to do? Manager Terry Collins said it's too early to be concerned about the shortstop's defensive lapses, but how much more will Collins have to see before pulling the plug on Tejada and trying Justin Turner or Jordany Valdespin in that position?

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Ruben Tejada, Mike Janes/Four Seam Images via AP Images Ruben Tejada, Mike Janes/Four Seam Images via AP Images
April 18, 2013  11:49 PM ET

Off topic I know, but now that you mention it, I could go for a Reuben right now. :)

April 19, 2013  06:06 AM ET

According to WBUR, the authorities in Boston have just shut down the MBTA, MIT, Emersen, and are asking people to stay inside if they live in Watertown, Allston-Brighton, Newton, Waltham, Cambridge, and Belmont. Been listening all morning (my time). Sounds like total chaos.

April 19, 2013  08:22 AM ET

Is Tejada's problems temporary or is he a victim of stevesaxitis, a kind of dysfunction that overcomes infielders when they have to throw to their first basemen? Whatever the case, he better find a cure fast because he wields a light bat and provides no power at the plate.

April 19, 2013  08:23 AM ET

"Problems" should be "problem."

April 19, 2013  08:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

According to WBUR, the authorities in Boston have just shut down the MBTA, MIT, Emersen, and are asking people to stay inside if they live in Watertown, Allston-Brighton, Newton, Waltham, Cambridge, and Belmont. Been listening all morning (my time). Sounds like total chaos.

Not in the Boston/Watertown area but according to the news I have heard (CBS radio and WSJ) there is serious police, FBI, and any other invovled govermental acroynm, action goin on in that area.
One suspect reported dead and one still on the run the last I heard.
Supposedly an MIT security officer is in the hospital with serious injuries and/or gunshot wound.

April 19, 2013  08:43 AM ET

The Mets need a better alternative at short than Tejada. In a manner of speaking, it was nice while it lasted but don't hold your breath waiting for a contract extension.

 
April 19, 2013  11:43 AM ET

Everything has a limited, should this player continue blowing the game away?
The mets may turn him to the minors!!! :-) :-)

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