ST. PETERSBURG -- Though Ruben Tejada continues to rehab slowly from a strained right quad, two of his shortstop backups are nearing big league returns.
Justin Turner was scheduled to begin a rehab assignment Thursday with Triple-A Buffalo, working his way back from a sprained right ankle and ligament damage in his right foot. And Ronny Cedeno is set to begin his own rehab assignment from a strained left calf the following day.
Though Turner could be ready to rejoin the Mets as soon as Sunday, manager Terry Collins said he would first like to make sure his utility infielder is 100-percent healthy. That could delay his return into next week.
As for Tejada, the shortstop jogged Thursday on his strained right quad but is nowhere near a return. Tejada has suffered multiple setbacks since landing on the disabled list May 7 with the injury.
Until Cedeno returns, Omar Quintanilla will remain the Mets' primary shortstop.