Tejada weathering struggles at plate

Tejada weathering struggles at plate

PITTSBURGH -- Ruben Tejada began his third stint with the Mets on Aug. 7, and the young second baseman has struggled mightily at the plate.

Tejada is hitting .077 (5-for-65) over his last 24 games with the Mets. He is 1-for-28 (.036) since being recalled from Triple-A Buffalo.

Mets manager Jerry Manuel, however, sees some positive signs.

"Well, I guess I see him not going out of the strike zone as much, which is a good thing," Manuel offered. "I thought on Friday night, when he drew a walk, that was big for him with two outs to get the pitcher up, so we can flip the lineup."

Despite the 20-year-old Tejada's struggles, Manuel hasn't detected any frustration boiling over in the second baseman.

"I think what you would see is the throwing of equipment, that type of frustration, but we haven't seen that," Manuel explained. "I think he still feels pretty confident that he can hit and that he can play at this level.

"He's in a pretty big hole as far as his offense goes, but he's still a guy that if you do what we did on Friday, get 15 hits, he is definitely serviceable, especially when you score, and he stopped a couple of runs from scoring by playing defense."