"It will depend, basically, upon the bat," Manuel said. "If we see significant improvement in the bat between now and the start of next season, you definitely have to consider him as a guy that has a chance to be a starter."
Entering Tuesday's play, Tejada was hitting just .193 with eight extra-base hits in 171 at-bats. That's certainly on the low end of what Manuel expects from Tejada, though the 20-year-old certainly showed positive signs on Tuesday, rapping a hit in each of his first three at-bats.
"I hope to see some good at-bats, quality at-bats and for him to play the defense that he's played all year," Manuel said. "He's a guy that when you win, he's somehow in the mix."