Tejeda expected to start Saturday
Right-hander to audition for Royals' 2009 rotation
MINNEAPOLIS -- Robinson Tejeda will likely start the second game of Saturday's doubleheader at Cleveland, Royals manager Trey Hillman announced on Thursday.Hillman cited Tejeda's history as a starter as one reason for the move. Additionally, Tejeda has thrown only 3 2/3 innings since Aug. 26, so the skipper knows he is fresh.
"He's done it before. He's fairly well monitored as far as what we've asked of him," Hillman said. "The other candidates -- beyond that to follow him up -- would be Tejeda maybe to [Kip] Wells, who could give us multiple innings, and [Joel] Peralta might be thrown in there. For right now, between now and the next two days, it's looking like we'll go with Tejeda in Game 2."Hillman had always intended to use a bullpen combination for the evening contest against the Indians, but had waited until Thursday to make an announcement because the club was gauging use. The skipper doesn't believe solely using members of the bullpen in the nightcap on Saturday will overly tax the unit, because the club is fresh with bodies after September callups. Tejeda, 26, was acquired off waivers from the Rangers on June 24. He made four relief appearances for Texas prior to being designated for assignment. Tejeda is 1-2 with a 3.31 ERA in 23 relief appearances with the Royals. He was exclusively a starter last year for Texas, going 5-9 with a 6.61 ERA in 19 starts. Will this start be a tryout for Tejeda or is Hillman just looking for a one-day stopgap solution? "I think anybody is a possibility with the lack of wins that we've had this season," Hillman said. "I think anybody that has done it before, anybody that has projectable three-pitch stuff, that we feel like he can go more than one or two times through [a lineup is a possibility].
"I think we have to strongly consider that at least being a possibility going into next spring. I would say at this point, honestly, anybody could be a candidate because of the lack of wins that we've gotten from the starting rotation."
Thor Nystrom is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.