07/25/07 3:44 PM ET
No pain for Tejada after rehab outing
Shortstop tests injured wrist in first action in more than a month
By Jeff Seidel / MLB.com
That's because it was Tejada's first time back on the field in more than a month. The All-Star shortstop did some rehab work for the Double-A Bowie Baysox in their 8-2 afternoon victory over the Reading Phillies.
Tejada has been sidelined since June 21 with a fractured left wrist. Padres reliever Doug Brocail hit him with a pitch that did the damage the previous day, and Tejada went on the disabled list and ended his consecutive games streak of 1,152 -- the best in the Majors at the time.
Tejada will next go to the Orioles' Class A farm team in Frederick on Thursday to get in another game's work. If all goes well, the shortstop will come off the disabled list in time for the weekend series with the Yankees.
Despite the hitless day, Tejada was all smiles afterward.
"I'm real excited, believe me. I feel like the first time I ever played baseball," Tejada said. "It feels good."
Tejada came out to talk to the media with a large ice pack on his wrist. But he said everything was good in this game, even testing the wrist by trying to hit to the opposite field a little more.
"I don't feel any pain today," Tejada said. "I didn't get [any] hits, but that's not ... important. [What's] more important is how I feel with my hand."
Tejada said being out for more than a month may have recharged his batteries a bit, but he certainly didn't like sitting and watching. However, he's certainly ready to get back.
"My body is fine," Tejada said. "My wrist, I don't feel any pain. I don't like [being out], but what can I do?"
Tejada popped out in his first at-bat and grounded out in his final two. He also had no trouble handling three chances in the field.
Tejada is known as a free swinger at the plate, and he didn't change that in this game. He swung at the first pitch in each at-bat. In his first time up, he fouled off a total of six pitches before popping out to shortstop in a long 10-pitch battle with Reading starter Patrick Overholt.
He then grounded to second in the third inning, driving in a run, before grounding to first in his last at-bat.
This was Tejada's first time in a Minor League game since 1998, while playing with Oakland. He played at Double-A Huntsville that year, but has been in the Majors since.
Tejada was batting .306 when he landed on the disabled list. His return should help an Orioles offense that has been inconsistent throughout the season.
Jeff Seidel is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.