Mets Place Shortstop Tejada on Disabled List With Quad Strain

New York Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada, whose .209 batting average ranks 160th of 171 Major League Baseball players, was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right quad strain.

The Mets called up Omar Quintanilla from Triple-A Las Vegas of the Pacific Coast League to take Tejada’s roster spot, the team said in a news release.

Tejada, 23, and first baseman Ike Davis, whose .160 batting average ranks 169th among qualified major-league hitters, both are in jeopardy of being demoted, CBS Sports reported yesterday, citing unidentified people close to the situation.

Quintanilla, a 31-year-old who was hitting .333 with two home runs and 18 runs batted in during 47 minor-league games, will be available tonight at Yankee Stadium when the Mets try to complete a four-game sweep of the cross-town Yankees.

Quintanilla has a .220 batting average in 292 major-league games for the Mets, Baltimore Orioles, Texas Rangers and Colorado Rockies.

The Mets are 21-29, nine games behind the division-leading Atlanta Braves in the National League East, and have won their last four games.

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