NEW YORK -- Mets second baseman Ruben Tejada was given the day off in a 4-1 win on Thursday, appearing as a defensive substitution in the ninth inning.
Manager Terry Collins wanted to rest Tejada after a 10-game stretch in which his batting average plummeted from .338 to .272.Collins hopes the rest will allow Tejada to refocus and regain his form but said he will be back in the lineup when the Mets travel to Texas on Friday.
"When you see that, I don't call it pressing, but I think you're starting to see a little fatigue," Collins said. "He really wants to hit something as hard as he can to show you that he can, instead of just staying inside the baseball."
Tejada went 0-for-3 with a walk Wednesday night and is hitting .152 in his past 10 games. Still, while his average has been low, he's still getting on base and has drawn six walks during that stretch, bumping his on-base percentage to .293. He has a .353 on-base percentage for the season.
"He's out of his game plan right now," Collins said. "Those swings he took last night, they're all big, aggressive, that's just not what he's been doing."