New York Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada entered Wednesday at risk of being sent to the minor leagues. Instead, he landed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right quadriceps muscle.
He suffered the injury during Wednesday's 9-4 loss to the New York Yankees, when he pulled up lame chasing a ninth-inning popup. The Mets recalled shortstop Omar Quintanilla from Triple-A Las Vegas and moved Frank Francisco to the 60-day DL to clear room on the 40-man roster.
"He said he felt it running after the popup," Mets manager Terry Collins told reporters after the game. "He thought he could actually maybe catch it. But ... he felt his leg starting to pull on him, so he slid. And the ground ball [that followed], you could tell obviously something was wrong."
Tejada missed nearly two months last season with the same injury. He is batting .209 this season.