Mets put SS Tejada on disabled list

05/30/2013 12:34 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro

Ruben Tejada argues a call during Game 1 of the Subway Series.(AP)
The New York Mets have placed shortstop Ruben Tejada on the disabled list with a strained right quadriceps, and promoted infielder Omar Quintanilla from Triple-A Las Vegas to replace him on the roster.

Tejada suffered the strain injury chasing a foul ball in the ninth inning of Wednesday's win over the Yankees; he stayed in the game, but left and was replaced by Justin Turner after fielding a grounder for the second out of the inning.

He also spent seven weeks on the disabled list in 2012 with a similar injury.

This season, the 23-year-old shortstop is batting just .209 with 10 RBI this season and has committed eight errors, struggling so badly that he was reportedly told by Mets brass that he was in danger of being demoted to Triple-A.

Quintanilla, 31, was hitting .333 with two home runs and 18 RBI in 47 games at Triple-A this season. According to's Adam Rubin, the lefty hitter was playing as the dominant half of a shortstop platoon in Las Vegas, and could see a similar situation in Queens with righty Justin Turner -- an idea that would likely see Turner in the lineup against Yankees southpaw Vidal Nuno in Thursday's Subway Series finale.

This will be Quintanilla's second stint with the Major League Mets, following last year's memorable call-up where he was summoned due to a rash of injuries and hit .257 in 29 games before being traded to Baltimore.

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