NEW YORK -- Live games are on tap for Ruben Tejada, who restarted his rehabilitation assignment on Monday with Class A St. Lucie. But that does not make the Mets' shortstop situation any less murky. Until Tejada can prove that his strained right quad is completely healthy, the Mets will not push him to return.
"I want to make sure, first of all, that his legs are in good shape," manager Terry Collins said. "We're making some progress. But I want to make sure this guy's legs are in shape before he gets back here."
Tejada nearly made it back to the Mets earlier in June, before suffering a second setback in his rehab and returning to Florida for further treatment. Wary of yet another step backward for Tejada, who has been sidelined since May 7, the Mets will proceed even more cautiously this time with their starting shortstop.
Though backup Ronny Cedeno is edging closer to his own return from a strained left calf, continuing his rehab assignment on Monday with Triple-A Buffalo, Cedeno is also still a few days away. Omar Quintanilla will remain the Mets' regular shortstop until Cedeno is ready to rejoin the club