May 27, 2013; Flushing, NY,USA; New York Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada (11) heads to first during the eighth inning against the New York Yankees at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Wright hoping Ruben Tejada ready to be Mets’ SS


He may not be the first choice that the Mets’ organization would have at shortstop, but Ruben Tejada has at least one supporter behind him. More accurately, he’s got a supporter to his right.

Mets’ Captain David Wright was interviewed on MLB Network Radio on Friday and spoke about the state and expectations of his club, how Matt Harvey is progressing (impatiently), and who he sees as the starting shortstop for the 2014 Mets.

He told Power Alley that he hoped that Ruben Tejada was ready to be that guy. Wright said that Tejada showed up to camp in shape and optimistic about landing the shortstop job. Tejada will face competition internally from Omar Quintanilla, and free agent Stephen Drew is still an external possibility if his price comes down.

Tejada has been plagued by injuries and under-performance, losing the starting shortstop job last year, and only being named the starter this season because there aren’t any better options. The 24-year old reported to Spring Training this year in much better shape and trained in arctic temperatures in two separate camps in Michigan to focus on preparation, strength, and conditioning.

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  • Ken Meoni

    And what of Wilma Flores? Not even a mention?