Tejada’s consecutive games played streak of 942 is in jeopardy when the Baltimore Orioles (13-11) host the Seattle Mariners on Saturday in the middle game of a weekend set.
It is the longest active streak and the seventh-longest in major league history.
The shortstop hyperextended his left knee running after a foul ball in the fifth inning of Friday night’s 5-2 Baltimore win. He remained in the game and completed a 2-for-4 night with a solo home run to extend his hitting streak to 13 games.
“If I don’t have anything broke I’m going to be in the lineup,” said Tejada, who last missed a game on May 31, 2000 as a member of the Oakland Athletics. “I’m hoping I’ll be able to play 100 percent. I’m going to try. I want to keep playing.”
Tejada is 27-for-51 (.529) with five homers and 13 RBIs during the hitting streak and has 41 hits in April to break the Baltimore record previously held by Roberto Alomar (39).
The Orioles will start Bruce Chen (0-3, 7.84 ERA), who has allowed 18 runs and 23 hits—including eight homers—in 15 2-3 innings over his last three starts.
The left-hander faces a Seattle club that he is 1-0 against with a 1.74 ERA in three starts—all in 2005.
Baltimore expects middle reliever Todd Williams to be activated from the disabled list on Saturday. The right-hander is returning from right shoulder inflammation and a sore calf muscle.
“If he pitches the way he’s capable of pitching, he’ll give us a big boost,” Orioles manager Sam Perlozzo said. “It makes us a little deeper, allows you to maneuver earlier in the game. We’ve had some trouble there.”
The 35-year-old Williams was 5-5 with a 3.30 ERA in 72 relief appearances last season. The rest of the bullpen has struggled with a 5.83 ERA in his absence.
Baltimore has won nine games in a row over Seattle at home, outscoring the Mariners 48-27. The Orioles have not lost to the Mariners at Camden Yards since April 27, 2004.
The Mariners (9-15) give 20-year-old Felix Hernandez (0-3, 4.57 ERA) the start, hoping he can continue his form from his last outing.
The right-hander allowed three runs—one earned—and six hits, striking out nine in seven innings of a 6-4 loss to the Detroit Tigers on Sunday. Catcher Rene Rivera made an error and was charged with a passed ball, hurting Hernandez’s chances to get his first win.
“It doesn’t bother me,” Hernandez said. “The wins are coming and I’m ready for it.”
The Venezuela native will make his Camden Yards debut on Saturday. He faced the Orioles once at Seattle last season, allowing six runs in seven innings of a 6-3 loss on Sept. 11.
Ichiro Suzuki, who went 2-for-4 with a double on Friday, is 16-for-37 (.432) in the last nine games to help him bounce back from an early-season slump. He batted .177 through the first 15 games.