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Royals claim pitcher Robinson Tejeda from Texas06/24/2008 2:13 PM ET
KANSAS CITY -- The Kansas City Royals have claimed right-handed pitcher Robinson Tejeda off waivers from the Texas Rangers. To make room for Tejeda on the 40-man roster, the Royals transferred left-handed pitcher John Bale to the 60-day disabled list. When Tejeda joins the Royals, which is not expected to be in time for tonight's game, a corresponding 25-man roster move will be made. Tejeda, 26, has made appearances at the Major League level in each of the past four seasons after making his debut in 2005 with the Philadelphia Phillies. The 6-foot-3, 230-pounder is 14-17 with a 5.01 ERA in 63 career big league appearances, including 46 starts. Most recently, he has made four relief appearances for the Rangers after his contract was selected on May 30. Tejeda allowed six runs on five hits in six innings with Texas and was designated for assignment on June 14. He spent the first two months of the season at Triple-A Oklahoma, going 1-1 with one save and posting a 2.18 ERA in 10 appearances, including four starts. He struck out 39 and walked 10 in his 33 Class AAA innings. From Bani in the Dominican Republic, Tejeda was originally signed by the Philadelphia Phillies as a non-drafted free agent in 1998. With the Phillies in 2005, the same season he won the Paul Owens Award as Philadelphia's best minor league pitcher, he ranked third in the N.L. among rookies with a 3.57 ERA and fifth with 72 strikeouts. The right hander was a member of the Dominican Republic squad for the inaugural World Baseball Classic, making two appearances in relief. He was acquired by the Rangers along with infielder Jake Blalock for outfielder David Dellucci on April 1, 2006.
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