Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada continues to make progress in his recovery from a broken fibula in his right leg according to his representative at the Legacy Agency Chris Leible.

Tejada who will turn 24 on Sunday remains on track to stay within his initial six-to-eight-week recovery window. He suffered the injury Sept. 18 when he got tangled up with outfielder Andrew Brown on a shallow fly ball.

After beginning the year as the starting shortstop Tejada stumbled out of the gate suffered a quadriceps injury then remained mired in the minors for much of the season.

Tejada hit .202 in 208 at-bats for the Mets who are expected to explore other options at shortstop this offseason.

Hawkins to test market

Mutual interest remains in a potential reunion next season for LaTroy Hawkins and the Mets. But according to a source a deal is unlikely before the veteran reliever reaches the open market.

Teams can negotiate exclusively with their own free agents until five days after the World Series when talks with other clubs are permitted.

Hawkins 40 signed a minor-league deal with the Mets before spring training and emerged as a stalwart in the bullpen. In 72 appearances he posted a 2.93 ERA in 702/3 innings and saved 13 games in the absence of injured closer Bobby Parnell.