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Mets want Cedeno ready for shortstop duties

PHILADELPHIA -- Though the Mets originally expected shortstop Ronny Cedeno to return by Friday, manager Terry Collins backpedaled slightly Wednesday when asked about the specific plan.

"I'd probably like to see him play against a little bit higher competition," Collins said, after Cedeno played nine innings in his third consecutive extended spring game.

That means Cedeno could see time in a Minor League rehab assignment before the Mets activate him. They want to be certain that Cedeno is ready because, as Collins said, "he's not coming back up here to sit the bench." With Ruben Tejada on the disabled list, Cedeno will take over starting shortstop duties until Tejada is ready to return, likely ticketing Jordany Valdespin for the Minors.

PHILADELPHIA -- Though the Mets originally expected shortstop Ronny Cedeno to return by Friday, manager Terry Collins backpedaled slightly Wednesday when asked about the specific plan.

"I'd probably like to see him play against a little bit higher competition," Collins said, after Cedeno played nine innings in his third consecutive extended spring game.

That means Cedeno could see time in a Minor League rehab assignment before the Mets activate him. They want to be certain that Cedeno is ready because, as Collins said, "he's not coming back up here to sit the bench." With Ruben Tejada on the disabled list, Cedeno will take over starting shortstop duties until Tejada is ready to return, likely ticketing Jordany Valdespin for the Minors.

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