Collins: Tejada close to return to game action

Collins: Tejada close to return to game action

NEW YORK -- Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada could be back with the Major League club as soon as next weekend. The 22-year-old has been recovering from a quad injury suffered on May 6, and manager Terry Collins said he doesn't think Tejada is far from seeing game action.

"All he's been doing is getting some at-bats in the extended spring, not running the bases," Collins said. "We know he's been doing some kind of baseball activity, but [Tuesday] they're going to have him do the half moons around the back of the infield to see how he is."

If all goes well with the running drills on Tuesday, Tejada could be playing in rehab games in extended spring action on Wednesday or Thursday. Collins said Tejada shouldn't need more than a few rehab games because he's already taking at-bats.

Tejada was batting .305 with eight RBIs before the injury.