Ruben Tejada among 1st Mets sent down to minors

Infielder Ruben Tejada is among the 11 players the Mets sent

down to their minor league camp in the club’s first round of cuts

this spring.

New York announced Friday that Tejada, infielders Zach Lutz and

Jordany Valdespin, outfielder Fernando Martinez, and right-handed

pitchers Armando Rodriguez, Josh Stinson and Manny Alvarez were

optioned to minor league camp.

Right-handers John Lujan and Tobi Stoner, catcher Kai Gronauer

and outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis also were reassigned to minor

league camp.

Tejada made the 2010 opening day roster while shortstop Jose

Reyes remained behind because of a thyroid issue. In 78 games with

New York, Tejada batted .213 with 15 RBI and one home run, also

seeing time at second base.

The Mets have 45 players in major league camp, including 12

non-roster invitees.