Tejada, 26, suffered a left quad strain in March, shortly after signing a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the Cardinals. The Mets had released him a few days prior, and Tejada was to fill in for the injured Jhonny Peralta.
In Tejada’s absence, the Cardinals have used Aledmys Diaz, Jedd Gyorko, and Garcia at shortstop and it has worked — at least offensively. The Cardinals’ 1.018 OPS accumulated by their shortstops is second best in the league behind the Rockies. However, their shortstops have also committed six errors as a unit, leading the league and doubling the total of the Marlins in second place.
Diaz is still in the Cardinals’ starting lineup on Monday against the Cubs.