The Yankees announced on Sunday that the club traded infielder Ruben Tejada to the Orioles in exchange for cash considerations.
Tejada, 27, was with the Yankees on a minor league deal. At Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, he hit .269/.345/.462 with six home runs and 21 RBI in 148 plate appearances. Tejada hasn’t appeared in the majors since July 17 last season with the Giants.
With the Orioles, Tejada will serve as infield depth. If Tejada is added to the major league roster, he’ll be paid a prorated salary of $1.35 million.
Giants starter Jeff Samardzija will undergo an MRI on his ailing right shoulder, according to NBC Sports Bay Area. The right-hander struggled in a minor league game on Wednesday, surrendering a pair of home runs and hitting a batter. Overall this spring, Samardzija has given up 15 runs (13 earned) on 17 hits (six homers) and seven walks with seven strikeouts in 11 innings.
This may mean Samardzija won’t be ready for the start of the regular season. Derek Holland would likely replace Samardzija in the rotation. Holland had been competing for the No. 5 spot in the Giants’ rotation.
Samardzija led the National League in losses last season with 15, also posting a 4.42 ERA with a 205/32 K/BB ratio in a league-high 207 2/3 innings. Since becoming a starter, Samardzija has been able to avoid injury, making 32 or 33 starts in each of the last five seasons.