NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada saw his disappointing season come to an end in the worst way Wednesday night.
Tejada broke his right leg when he tumbled over sliding left fielder Andrew Brown to catch a popup in the ninth inning. Tejada, who knocked shins with the oncoming Brown, initially stayed in the game but was lifted for Lutz in the bottom of the inning.
“Right up until the last second, I thought he was going to miss me,” Brown said after New York’s come-from-behind 5-4 win over San Francisco.
“It makes me feel really horrible, to be honest with you,” he added. “It’s the last thing I want to do.”
Tejada will be sidelined six to eight weeks before he can begin rehabilitation, ending his season that included a strained right quadriceps and a long demotion to the minors.
Mets general manager Sandy Alderson recently said on WFAN radio that working with Tejada was “like pulling teeth.”
“It’s extra batting practice, extra this, extra that — it doesn’t happen, necessarily, unless someone else is insisting on it,” Alderson said. “We need to see a commitment to improvement. He’s going to have to earn it.”
Manager Terry Collins said Tejada would have to bust it during the offseason to get himself back into shape.
“When he came in, we knew it was bad,” Collins said. “I feel bad for Ruben. He’s worked hard to get back here.”
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