Ruben Tejada SS NYM 5 Days

Ruben Tejada (head) will be back in the Mets' lineup Friday.

Tejada isn't playing Thursday after being hit in the helmet by a pitch Wednesday, but he has no concussion symptoms and the Mets are just being cautious. "Talked to the trainers last night," manager Terry Collins said Thursday. "We thought we'd give him one more day just as a precaution. He feels great. Said he could play, but we'll just give him today and get him back in there tomorrow."

Ruben Tejada SS NYM 5 Days

Ruben Tejada (head) said Thursday that he feels no symptoms.

Tejada left Wednesday's game after he was hit in the helmet with a pitch, but he passed a concussion test and feels no lingering effects. He's out of the lineup Thursday, but should be back soon enough.

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Mets manager Terry Collins said Ruben Tejada feels "pretty good" after leaving Wednesday's game due to being hit in the head with a pitch.

It's good news, as Tejada could have easily been more seriously injured. Team doctors said he has no concussion symptoms, so a roster move won't be made at this time. Tejada will travel home with the team and should be back in the lineup shortly.

Ruben Tejada SS NYM 6 Days

Ruben Tejada left Wednesday's game against the Mariners after taking a Taijuan Walker pitch to the head.

The ball hit the front of Tejada's helmet and knocked it off. He was able to walk off the field under his own power, but the Mets will surely run concussion tests.

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Mets manager Terry Collins said Saturday he's considering using Ruben Tejada in the leadoff spot going forward.

Matt den Dekker batted leadoff on Saturday, but Tejada has entered the conversation with his hot hitting of late. The shortstop is 14-for-33 (.424) since he was held out of three straight games in mid-May. It'd be a nice boost in runs scored for owners in NL-only leagues, but he's still a speculative play in any mixed leagues despite the good stretch.

Ruben Tejada SS NYM 2 Months

Ruben Tejada went 3-for-4 with a home run, two RBI, and two walks in Saturday's 14-inning win over the Phillies.

The solo shot was his first home run since August 1, 2012. Tejada went 611 plate appearances between home runs, giving him the longest active streak in the majors. Of course, the Phillies' Ben Revere had the longest before he went deep last Tuesday. With Revere and Tejada off the board, John Baker now has the longest homerless streak in the majors.

Ruben Tejada SS NYM 2 Months

Ruben Tejada went 2-for-2 with a double, two walks, and a stolen base in Tuesday's win over the Pirates.

Tuesday marked just the eighth time in his career that Tejada had reached base four times on any combination of hits and walks, and only two of those eight games also included a stolen base. Tejada also got his average back over the Mendoza line with the effort, now slashing a meager .209/.331/.252.

Ruben Tejada SS NYM 2 Months

Mets manager Terry Collins confirmed Saturday that Ruben Tejada is still the team's starting shortstop.

It had been expected that Wilmer Flores would get an opportunity to be the everyday shortstop once recalled from Triple-A, but that simply hasn't and won't be the case. Collins prefers Tejada's tremendous glovework and has been impressed by what he's done at the plate lately as well. It's a disappointing development for fantasy owners who were hoping to capitalize on Flores' offensive potential.

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Mets manager Terry Collins said Tuesday that Ruben Tejada "has earned his way back into the lineup."

Wilmer Flores started two games in a row at shortstop after being recalled over the weekend, but Tejada has responded to the pressure with four hits, three walks and a couple RBI over the last three nights. Although Tejada is certainly the better option defensively at short, fantasy owners were selfishly hoping Flores could run away with the job since he's much better with the bat.

Ruben Tejada SS NYM 3 Months

Ruben Tejada went 2-for-4 with a walk-off single in Sunday's win over the Phillies.

With the bases loaded and one out, Tejada lined a single past a drawn-in infield to give the Mets an 11-inning win. The hits were Tejada's first in May as Wilmer Flores has threatened to take his job in recent days, and the shortstop is still batting just .195 on the year.