Guess who’s back? Back again. [Ruben’s] back. Tell a friend. Lame, I know, but that doesn’t make it any less true. New York Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada has finally returned to the majors after suffering from a quad injury the first week of May. As you all know, when a major league team calls up a player, someone has to go down. While the Mets had some options of players to demote (Vinny Rottino) or send to the DL (Frank Francisco), they made, what I believe to be, the best possible decision. They optioned second base prospect Jordany Valdespin to their AAA affiliate Buffalo Bisons. Valdespin bursted his way into the spotlight when in a tie-game, on the road, in the 9th inning, with 2 outs, off of star closer Jonathan Papelbon, he blasted a go-ahead 3-run home run into the right field seats–for his first big league hit. That moment was a glimpse into what the young second baseman is capable of doing.
Valdespin suffered from much scrutiny by making multiple errors in an inning during a game against the Washington Nationals that had first place on the line, not to mention that he really wasn’t hitting all that much. Yet all of a sudden Jordany started hitting, and getting extra base hits for that matter. Many Mets fans have aired their frustrations with me, asking me how the Mets could send him down right when he was hitting his stride. The answer’s pretty simple in my mind, and there are a couple of key factors. The first one is, the most sensible person to send down would have been Omar Quintanilla but the problem is that he’s out of minor league options, meaning that he would have to go through waivers before returning to AAA. I, as the Mets, know that there isn’t a chance that Quintanilla wouldn’t get claimed by another team and therefore, he stays. The second and more important reason is that Jordany Valdespin is a young and very talented player that appears to have a bright future with this team. That means he cannot waste away on a major league bench. He has to play every day. But don’t worry Mets fans, he’ll be back up with this team soon enough.
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