Mets find value in Quintanilla on the bench

Mets find value in Quintanilla on the bench

Mets find value in Quintanilla on the bench
CHICAGO -- The Mets depth chart is packed full of shortstops, as Omar Quintanilla stayed on the active roster even after Ruben Tejada returned from a right quadriceps strain.

Manager Terry Collins said he wanted Quintanilla in case Tejada had a setback. Collins said he likes Quintanilla's defense and bat off the bench, but might make a few adjustments after Tejada settles in.

Tejada said he is 100 percent healthy from the leg injury that forced him out for a month and a half. The shortstop left the game on May 6 against Arizona and returned June 24 against the Yankees, collecting two hits and two RBIs that night.

"It's really bad for anybody in that situation," Tejada said. "But everything happened and you have to keep working hard and stay concentrated and come back and try to help the team."

Tejada was hitting .421 with six runs in his last nine games before going to the disabled list.