Ruben Tejada 2B/SS/3B STL 2 weeks ago

Tejada is not in the lineup Monday against the Cubs.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Although Tejada was activated off the disabled list Monday, the Cardinals opted not to slot him in at shortstop right away. He's expected to be the regular shortstop going forward, but he'll give way to the exceptionally-hot Aledmys Diaz on Monday.

Ruben Tejada 2B/SS/3B STL 2 weeks ago

Tejada (quadriceps) was activated from the disabled list Monday.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Tejada has been out for a bit over two weeks with a quadriceps strain, but it appears he is back to full health and ready to slot into the Cardinals lineup. As it stands now, there's a good chance he'll assume the starting shortstop duties and move Jedd Gyorko and Aledmys Diaz into bench roles. In a corresponding move, Greg Garcia was optioned to Triple-A Memphis to make room for Tejada.

Ruben Tejada 2B/SS/3B STL 2 weeks ago

Tejada (quad) will begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Springfield on Thursday, MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Tejada is ready to get back on the field after sitting out most of the last two weeks with his injured quad. He could rejoin the Cardinals as early as Sunday, which is an indication he will not require a lengthy minor-league stint. His role upon rejoining the big club has not been explicitly determined, but he was the favorite for the regular shortstop job prior to being injured, so he could provide some stability at a position that has been a revolving door for the Cardinals early this season.

Ruben Tejada 2B/SS/3B STL 4 weeks ago

Tejada (quadriceps) was placed on the 15-day DL on Sunday, MLB.com reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Tejada was the frontrunner to open the season as the starting shortstop in place of the injured Jhonny Peralta (thumb), but will be placed on the shelf after suffering a left quadriceps strain in Thursday's Grapefruit League game. As a result, look for Jedd Gyorko to serve as the Cardinals' primary shortstop until Tejada is cleared to return.

Ruben Tejada 2B/SS/3B STL 1 month ago

Tejada (quadriceps) will start the season on the disabled list, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Tejada was in line for lots of playing time as the replacement for the injured Jhonny Peralta (thumb), but that opportunity will be delayed for the time being. In his stead, Jedd Gyorko and Greg Garcia should both get time at shortstop in the Cardinals lineup.

Ruben Tejada 2B/SS/3B STL 1 month ago

Tejada left Thursday's spring training game with a quadriceps strain, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Tejada was brought in by the Cardinals to supplement their depth at shortstop with Jhonny Peralta set to be sidelined for most of the first half of the season. If Tejada's injury turns into something that causes him to miss time, the Cardinals will likely have to turn to Jedd Gyorko at short, which would be problematic for their defense up the middle.

Ruben Tejada 2B/SS/3B STL 1 month ago

Tejada signed a one-year contract with the Cardinals on Saturday, MLB Network's Jon Heyman reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Tejada brings much-needed depth to the Cardinals' middle infield with Jhonny Peralta likely out for the first half of the season. He figures to immediately compete with the wildly inconsistent Jedd Gyorko for playing time at shortstop. Tejada's ability to get on base (.338 OBP last season) ought to give him a leg up over Gyorko, who has never had an on base percentage over .31 in three major league seasons.

Ruben Tejada 2B/SS/3B STL 1 month ago

Tejada is expected to finalize a deal with the Cardinals some time Saturday, MLB.com reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Tejada would immediately become the front-runner for Opening Day shortstop duties in St. Louis. Tejada is a career .255/.330/.323 hitter and would likely hit at the bottom of the order for the Cardinals.

Ruben Tejada 2B/SS/3B STL 1 month ago

Tejada was released by the Mets on Wednesday, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The shortstop went through waivers unclaimed, so he'll head into free agency with the Mets only having to pay him a bit under $500,000. He's an intriguing pickup with major league experience that could come at a low price for a team looking for more depth at shortstop.

Ruben Tejada 2B/SS/3B STL 2 months ago

Tejada has been placed on waivers by the Mets, ESPN New York reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Tejada was expected to split time at shortstop with Wilmer Flores while Asdrubal Cabrera (knee) is out. Despite that expectation, there was always the concern that that Mets might waive or deal him due to his $3 million salary. St. Louis, who is without Jhonny Peralta, could be a landing spot. Tejada's upcoming departure means that Flores is likely locked in as the back up shortstop and Matt Reynolds could break camp with the team replacing Tejada. If not, Eric Campbell could earn that spot and see time at third whenever David Wright (back) is out.