According to ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin, Ronny Cedeno should return from the disabled list Friday, in time to face the Yankees. Cedeno has been on the DL since May 30th with a strained right calf.
Cedeno had received time at shortstop when the Mets’ everyday starter, Ruben Tejada, went to the DL with a strained quad. With their former All-Star, Jose Reyes, now playing in Miami, the Mets have been trying to find someone to fill the void. Tejada was doing a solid job hitting .305/.362/.400 in 27 games. Yet, with him on the DL, it was up to Cedeno to continue the performance.
In 25 games leading up to his injury, Cedeno was hitting .231/.351/.308. While his batting average was much lower than the team would like, Cedeno proved he could work the count and take some walks. He has 11 walks to only 13 strikeouts – a pretty good ratio. If Cedeno were able to maintain his OBP, it would be the highest of his career since his rookie season with the Cubs. Cedeno is a career .245/.287/.351 hitter.
Rubin also reported that Tejada would continue his rehab assignment and will be moving on to Buffalo. The Mets hope to have him back soon as well.
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