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Mets put Cedeno on DL, recall Valdespin

05/30/2012 9:41 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro

Wednesday marked the second straight day that the New York Mets placed an infielder on the disabled list; this time, it was Ronny Cedeno, who was put on the 15-day DL with a strained left calf.

Infielder Jordany Valdespin, who was 2-for-20 in a previous stint with the Mets earlier this season, was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo to take his place.

Cedeno, who had been filling in at shortstop for injured starter Ruben Tejada (who is on the DL with a strained quad himself), left last Saturday’s game against San Diego with the calf injury and has not played since, making the DL move retroactive to Sunday. He tested his leg before Wednesday's game, but the Mets decided to put him on the disabled list.

The 29-year-old Venezuelan, who also missed time this year with an intercostal strain, is hitting .231 with one home run and seven RBI in 65 at-bats.

The loss of Cedeno is just the latest blow to a Mets infield that has been besieged by injuries this year. Their depth at shortstop, specifically, has been tested, as the team has already used six different players there in 2012 – including Valdespin and third baseman David Wright, who was forced to make just his second career appearance at short after Justin Turner was hurt in Monday’s game against Philadelphia.

The Mets recalled Omar Quintanilla from Buffalo when they placed Turner on the DL Tuesday, and he started at shortstop in the final two games of the series against the Phillies.

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