Mets place Cedeno on DL; recall Valdespin

Mets place Cedeno on DL; recall Valdespin

Mets place Cedeno on DL; recall Valdespin
NEW YORK -- One day after placing middle infielder Justin Turner on the disabled list, the Mets sent Ronny Cedeno to the DL on Wednesday with a strained left calf. The team recalled Jordany Valdespin from Triple-A Buffalo to replace Cedeno on the active roster.

Cedeno, who has not played since Saturday, tested his calf prior to Wednesday's game against the Phillies, but could not prove himself healthy enough to avoid his second DL stint of the season. With starting shortstop Ruben Tejada still recovering from a strained right quad, Cedeno had been receiving daily playing time, batting .231 with one home run.

After watching Cedeno test his leg, Mets manager Terry Collins classified the shortstop's condition as "OK. Not great." The manager then added, "I'm not sure OK is going to play."

Though Tejada may be nearing a return from the DL, the Mets must proceed in the interim with a mix of Omar Quintanilla and Valdespin at short. The bulk of those at-bats may go to Quintanilla, who endeared himself to Collins with a three-hit performance in his Mets debut Tuesday. But Valdespin was in the midst of a 7-for-20 stretch at Buffalo prior to his callup, knocking in seven runs over his last six games.

Overall, Valdespin was hitting .279 with four home runs at Buffalo, splitting his time amongst shortstop, second base and center field. Because of the injuries to Tejada, Cedeno and Turner, this is Valdespin's third stint with the Mets in less than two months.