Ruben Tejada was hit in the head with a 94 mph fastball from Mariners pitcher Taijuan Walker during Wednesday’s game. It was a scary moment in the game as Terry Collins and the Mets trainer rushed onto the field.
Tejada left the game under his own power, and was replaced by Eric Campbell who pinch ran and played the remainder of the game at SS.
The good news is that Tejada passed all his concussion tests according to a team spokesperson. The Mets starting shortstop was in good spirits in the clubhouse and said he had no headaches and only stayed down after he was hit because it was scary. His helmet had the indentation of the baseball that hit him.
Tejada was allowed to fly with the team to Milwaukee and he will be reevaluated again today, but expect Campbell to start at shortstop in the series opener against the Brewers later tonight.
The Mets have no other natural SS on the roster. Campbell hasn’t had much time there at all this season. Collins told reporters that Tejada should be fine and that Wilmer Flores will not be joining the team in Milwaukee.
“Everything right now looks OK,” Collins said. “He has no symptoms of what they were looking for. But sometimes these things pop up a little later, some dizziness or something.”