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Ruben Tejada diagnosed with broken right fibula

Sep 18, 2013, 11:29 PM EDT

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A tough ending to a tough season for the Mets.

As first reported by Marc Carig of Newsday, shortstop Ruben Tejada suffered a broken fibula Wednesday when he got tangled up with teammate Andrew Brown while trying to chase down a fly ball in the outfield. Brown slid in an attempt to avoid a collision but wound up clipping Tejada’s right leg.

Tejada remained in the game for the rest of that inning, which is amazing now that the diagnosis is known. He is obviously done for the rest of the 2013 season and his status for the start of spring training next year will depend on the severity of the fracture.

The glove-first 23-year-old hit .202/.259/.260 in 227 plate appearances this season for New York.

  1. flamethrower101 - Sep 18, 2013 at 11:32 PM

    How Terry Collins allowed Tejada to stay in the game is beyond me. Ruben Tejada has been terrible in his time with the Mets but this looks really, really bad, especially now that the diagnosis has been made public.

    • uuddlrlrbastart - Sep 19, 2013 at 8:06 AM

      Over the course of the prior two seasons, and only 210 games, as a 21 and 22 year old, Tejada was a 4.0 WAR player. He’s not quite an All Star, but he should have a solid major league career, assuming he can stay healthy. It just won’t be with the Mets as long as Terry Collins is the manager, because Tejada showed up on time to Spring Training.

  2. garlicfriesandbaseball - Sep 19, 2013 at 1:54 AM

    Reblogged this on Garlicfriesandbaseball's Blog and commented:
    GFBB Note: What’s really amazing is that no one paid any attention to him as he laid on the ground, and then wobbled back to the infield. He kept limping back and forth and sideways in obvious pain. Immediately I wondered where the trainers were. Where was the Manager? Where was anybody to even ask the question “was he okay to play”? It was an unusual circumstance since Giants fans, and probably most others, are subjected to time-outs while fingers, bruises and other not-so-traumatic- injuries are checked out. Except for the fact that it was an outstanding catch, this was disturbing to watch. Sorry Ruben ~ we, the fans, feel for you.

  3. card0109 - Sep 19, 2013 at 8:04 AM

    It’s not that unusual for a player to not realize that he/she has been seriously injured when the fibula breaks. The fibula is a non-weight bearing bone in the lower leg, so Tejada would have felt some discomfort and pain when he jumped on it or ran due to the jostling of the broken bone, but otherwise, he probably had no idea.

    • flamethrower101 - Sep 19, 2013 at 9:00 AM

      Even so the medical staff still should have gone out to check on him. The fact that they didn’t looks worse now that we know it’s a broken fibula.

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