There's some good news for Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada, whose right fibula was fractured by a Chase Utley slide Saturday night. According to the Mets, Tejada won't have to undergo surgery, and could be in playing shape by spring training.
Tejada went 0-for-5 with five strikeouts in the first two games of the National League Division Series. However, Tejada's did make one offensive contribution of consequence, drawing a walk during a crucial plate appearance in the seventh inning of Game 1, which helped the Mets win 3-1. Tejada came around to score the Mets' third run of the game on David Wright's heroic two-run single off reliever Pedro Baez.
Wilmer Flores, who will start at shortstop in Tejada's place, is batting .263 on the year, with 16 home runs and 59 RBIs in 137 games played. Though Tejada is the better fielder, Flores has considerably more power and is therefore more likely to knock one out of the park or otherwise change a game offensively.