Saying that this has been a difficult year for Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada would be somewhat of an understatement.
After replacing Jose Reyes as the Mets starting shortstop last season, Tejada gave hope to some of baseball’s most tortured fans by posting a very respectful .289 batting average over 114 games.
But this year it all started to go downhill for the young infielder.
Tejada struggled out of the gate this season, eventually leading to Mets general manager Sandy Alderson questioning Tejada’s work ethic. After hitting a disappointing .202 with no home runs and 10 RBIs in 57 games, Tejada was sent down to Triple-A Las Vegas, where he spent much of the season before finally being called back up last week.
And if that’s not bad enough, things got a little worse for Tejada last night.
Tejada suffered a broken right fibula in the team’s win against the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday and will miss the rest of the season.
The injury occurred on a fluke play in which an Angel Pagan pop-up led to Tejada and Andrew Brown colliding while both players converged on the ball.
“I was trying to go down low like we’re taught, go down and try to get out of the way,” Brown said. “He caught my leg.
“It makes me feel really horrible, to be honest with you. It’s the last thing I wanted to do.”
After such an abysmal season, it is unlikely that Tejada will be a big part of the Mets plans moving into 2014, meaning Mets fans probably saw the last of Ruben Tejada on Wednesday night.