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The Royals have agreed to terms with right-handed pitcher Robinson Tejeda on a one-year contract for 2011, avoiding arbitration. Consistent with club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed. The deal leaves first baseman Billy Butler and right-handed pitcher Kyle Davies as the Royals only unsigned arbitration-eligible players.
Tejeda, 28, shook off a slow start to his 2010 season to go 3-5 with a 3.54 ERA in 54 relief appearances. The right-hander was claimed by the Royals on Outright Waivers from the Texas Rangers on June 24, 2008.
Looking to the future
Giving Gregor Blanco the day off allows Jai Miller to start in the outfield today. Yost said they will keep moving guys in and out of the lineup in order to give everyone opportunities. He added that the competition for next year’s roster is practically wide open all over, and the addition of potential minor league players makes the mix even more competitive.
Back in the swing of things
The manager also discussed Josh Fields’ recent play, saying the infielder is doing pretty well offensively and looks okay on defense as well. Yost said Fields has produced decent at-bats nearly every time and has had a couple tough plays at third base, which he believes is somewhat to be expected this early into Fields’ return from the D.L.
Kanekoa Texeira has been playing catch, but has not thrown off a mound yet. He is recovering well from a right elbow strain and has not had any pain, but Yost said there is no need to push him. He expects the hurler to return sometime between now and the end of the year.
Also, Yost thinks Robinson Tejeda has looked good since returning from the D.L. and hasn’t really missed a beat except for one outing in which he wasn’t exceptionally sharp.
Save the date
Yost expects Gil Meche to begin his rehab assignment this Saturday in Omaha. He will start off throwing 20-25 pitches and will build his way to 40. When Meche eventually returns to Kansas City, Yost plans on using the pitcher only after the fifth or sixth inning and for only one or two frames at a time. The manager said Meche will not go back-to-back days this year because it doesn’t make sense to push him.
Saved by Soria
Joakim Soria is tied for second in the Majors in saves after notching his 35th last night against the Indians. Yost said it is a great feeling to have a guy like Soria as a closer because he has total confidence that the pitcher will get the job done. Yost realizes that Soria will eventually make a mistake or two, but as far as he’s concerned, Soria is as close to a robot or machine as you can get.
Filling the gap
With the trade of Kyle Farnsworth and the placement of Robinson Tejeda on the D.L., the Royals were left without some set-up relievers between the starters and Soria. Since then, other guys in the bullpen have had opportunities to try to fill the void. Yost believes opportunity is a wonderful thing, and the right guys will stand up and take charge when given the chance. Recently, Blake Wood has shook off some rookie stumbles to take the reins in the eighth.
In today’s pregame interview with manager Ned Yost, questions focused on the pitching staff. The first hurler to be discussed was Bryan Bullington. Having just earned his first Major League win after 8.0 innings of shutout work against the Yankees on Sunday, the media asked if the righty would see another start. Yost replied by saying he doesn’t know what the future holds, it could all depend on how Brian Bannister looks after throwing his next side, which was scheduled for today. Yost added that the eventual return of Luke Hochevar will force the coaches to make even more decisions about the pitching rotation. When asked how close Hochevar is to being ready, Yost said he is pretty close, as is reliever Robinson Tejeda.
Yost also provided his thoughts on pitchers who seem to have success in their first several starts in the Majors, saying most of the success is due to luck and the fact that teams have never seen the pitchers before. However, he was also quick to note that this was not the case for Bullington, who had also thrown very well in his first start this year against the Angels as well.
Luke Hochevar, Robinson Tejeda, and Gil Meche are all chomping at the bit to get back on the field. Yost said Meche threw very well today and has looked good in his last couple outings.
The Young Guns
According to Yost, the Royals lost veterans on purpose in order to take a look at younger players. Yost said it takes time for new guys to get in a groove, but you just have to let them play and go through it. He added that they are all in the big leagues for a reason–because they have all had success.
Yost also discussed Kila Ka’aihue’s numbers at the plate. Ka’aihue enters tonight’s contest hitting .103, but Yost says he looks for good at-bats and execution, not at averages.
Let the good times roll…
Ned Yost is excited about the positivity felt in the clubhouse since becoming the Royals manager. His goal is to get his players to play relaxed and stay on an even keel, stating it is necessary to temper the high points and reinforce confidence during the low points throughout the season.
On the mend…
Yost touched on two key pieces of the Royals’ roster currently on the disabled list; centerfielder Rick Ankiel and left-handed reliever John Parrish. Neither player has a firm date to return to the active roster, but Yost is encouraged by both players’ progress. Ankiel is continuing light work and Parrish threw off flat ground yesterday stretching his arm out to 105 ft.
What a relief!!!
Yost mentioned several of his bullpen hurlers this afternoon; including Robinson Tejeda, Blake Wood, and Joakim Soria. Yost has been extremely impressed by recent call up Blake Wood, specifically citing the efficiency of his pitches. Yost would like to get Tejeda in for a low pressure outing, but isn’t afraid use him immediately if the situation calls for it. Yost finished by saying that closer Joakim Soria will get an inning today after not seeing action in four straight games.
…and manager Ned Yost (shown at left with last week’s honorary lineup) is feeling good. In Friday’s pre-game interview with the media, Yost began by saying he’s glad to be back, especially with such nice weather.
Free your mind and the rest will follow…
Yost feels that the biggest impact he’s had in his first week as Royals manager is getting the guys to relax. He believes the team was pressing too hard because they didn’t want former manager Trey Hillman to take the heat for their poor performance. As a result, Yost has been trying to get the team back to square one and playing in a relaxed atmosphere where they can get back to their natural ability.
I like it like that…
After going 5-2 over the past week, Yost found a lot to like about the boys in blue. He listed several positives, including how the team had quality at-bats, how the pitchers attacked, how the relievers limited damage in tight situations, and how the team scored runs.
Don’t look back…
According to the manager, baseball is a marathon, so you must maintain a day-to-day focus. Yost said it’s important to forget the day before and move on to the next one, but it’s also important to analyze the strengths and weaknesses of each day.
Put me in coach…
Yost also provided brief injury updates before the game. Robinson Tejeda (strained left calf) was cleared yesterday and Yost wanted to ease him in against the Indians, but it just wasn’t necessary with the way Luke Hochevar was pitching. Tejeda also has the green light today. Additionally, Rick Ankiel (right quad strain) took batting practice today and is still making progress. John Parrish is also making progress, but still hasn’t thrown off a mound.
In Sunday’s interview with manager Ned Yost, Yost began the conversation by talking about the lineup. Yost said he didn’t change today’s order because he wants to get his feet on the ground, especially after a quick turnaround from last night’s game, but will likely start changing it up while on the road. Yost continued by saying that eventually he wants a set lineup and will try to refrain from moving hitters up and down in the order on a regular basis. The manager also mentioned that he sees a couple candidates for the Royals three-hole, but he would like to keep a certain comfort level in the clubhouse, so he doesn’t want to make any drastic changes.
Yost also discussed the work ethics of several players, including Scott Podsednik, whom he managed in Milwaukee, Mike Aviles and Mitch Maier. The manager said that all three are good examples of players taking full advantage of opportunities. Yost also expressed that the three represent the type of players he wants to manage–those who come willing to work their tails off every single day. The new manager doesn’t want players who are satisfied with being good, but rather those who want to be great.
Finally, Yost provided brief injury updates on Jose Guillen, Robinson Tejeda, John Parrish, and Rick Ankiel. Yost said that after getting hit in last night’s game, Guillen’s finger went numb for about an inning but is fine now. Additionally, Tejeda (strained left calf) feels virtually no pain in his leg, Parrish (inflamed rotator cuff) is feeling better, and Ankiel (right quad strain) is also feeling better but is still some days away. Both Parrish and Ankiel will go out on rehab assignments before they return to Kauffman.
The Kansas City Royals have returned home after an extended road trip and are looking to turn things around. When manager Trey Hillman addressed the media, he stated he expects better baseball out of his club during the homestand.
Hillman also commented on the state of his bullpen. Hillman said that the bullpen has been doing a poor job of getting to Royals’ closer Joakim Soria for the ninth inning. Hillman believes the key is too many walks from his relievers; whether it is a mechanical issue or out of fear, Hillman wants to see more competitiveness in the strike zone.
However, Hillman has been impressed by recent success of reliever Robinson Tejeda, who has not given up an earned run in his last seven appearances. Hillman credits the work by pitching coach Bob McClure in working with Tejeda to speed up his lower half, allowing his arm to catch up to his pitching motion.
Hillman also spoke briefly on the recent Royals’ call up, infielder Mike Aviles. Hillman said that as long as Aviles continues to swing the bat well, he will find his way into the lineup. Hillman continued by saying that he sees Aviles’ immediate future at second base due to the early production by shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt.
The Royals announced that the club has agreed to one-year Major League contracts for the 2010 season with third baseman Alex Gordon and right-handed pitcher Robinson Tejeda, avoiding arbitration with both. Consistent with club policy, terms of the contracts were not disclosed. With the agreements, the Royals do not have any remaining arbitration-eligible players unsigned for 2010. In addition, the club has requested Unconditional Release Waivers on infielder Luis Hernandez, who was designated for assignment on January 9.
Gordon, 25, struggled with a hip injury in 2009, officially missing 79 games on the Disabled List. The Royals’ first-round selection from 2005 batted .232 for the club with six home runs and 22 RBI in 49 games, also making rehab stops in Surprise, Northwest Arkansas and Omaha.
The 27-year old Tejeda was 4-2 for Kansas City with a 3.54 ERA in 35 games, including six starts. The 6-foot-3 right-hander’s six starts all came in September, as he went 3-1 with a 2.84 ERA in the season’s final month. The Bani, Dominican Republic native posted 10.63 strikeouts per nine innings and held the opposition to a .167 batting average, the third-lowest in baseball among pitchers with at least 70.0 innings.