Indians sign Tejeda
January 3, 2012
The Indians have announced that they have signed free agent right-handed pitcher Robinson Tejeda to a minor league contract with a non-roster invitation to Major League spring training camp.
Tejeda, 29, has pitched in seven Major League seasons with Philadelphia, Texas and Kansas City. Since debuting in 2005 he owns a career Major League record of 23-27 with a 4.42 ERA in 186 games (53 starts), and in 442.0 innings has allowed 397 hits, 246 walks, and has 371 strikeouts. He was with the Royals the last four years and posted a combined ERA of 3.57 (181.1 IP, 132 H, 98 BB, 186 K) in 123 outings. He posted consecutive seasons with a 3.54 ERA in 2009 and 2010 and his .167 (43-for-257, 4 HR) average against in 2009 was the third lowest total in MLB among pitchers with at least 70.0 innings pitched. His 10.63 K/9 that same season (73.2 IP, 87 K) was the 2nd best mark in the history of the Royals franchise. In his career right-handed batters own a batting average of .221 (190-for-861).
Tejeda split 2011 between Kansas City and Triple-A Omaha and spent five weeks on the disabled list in April and May with right shoulder inflammation. In nine relief outings with the Royals he posted an ERA of 6.14 (7.1 IP, 12 H) before finishing the season healthy at Omaha where he posted an ERA of 3.80 (31 G, 45.0 IP, 40 H, 43 K).
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