The Orioles on Tuesday added Rubén Tejada from Triple-A Norfolk, two days after acquiring the 27-year-old utility infielder from the New York Yankees.
He took the roster spot of Paul Janish, who was designated for assignment, the team announced.
“We’re hoping Paul clears [waivers] and continues with us down in Norfolk,” manager Buck Showalter said. “[Tejada] was available and had an out in his contract, and people thought he was a guy we wanted to add. ... We’re just trying to put our best foot forward, not that Paul wasn’t. Just had some people that really thought Rubén would be a good addition. I talked to [New York Mets manager] Terry Collins some about him.”
Tejada, a veteran of seven major league seasons after debuting with the New York Mets in 2010, has played shortstop, third base and second base in the big leagues, most recently with the St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants in 2016.
A career .252 hitter with a .647 OPS in the majors, Tejada had spent all of 2017 with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in the Yankees organization before the Orioles sent cash their way for his services Sunday night.
“I’m really happy because it’s an opportunity to come back to the big leagues and do my stuff with a new team,” Tejada said. “It’s a really good opportunity to come back, play hard, concentrate and win. I want to win here and I will stay focused all the time.”
Tejada takes the place of Janish, who came up May 21 to be the utility infielder when Ryan Flaherty went on the disabled list with a shoulder strain. Janish appeared in three games in that span, going hitless in five at-bats before being designated for assignment Tuesday.
Showalter said Flaherty hasn’t begun throwing after receiving a platelet-rich plasma injection, adding that the team is being “very cautious with him.
“He’s going to see Dr. [Mike] Jacobs on Friday and hopefully get cleared to throw,” Showalter said.
The team has seven days to pass Janish through waivers or trade him, and if he clears waivers, he can decide whether to stay with the organization at Norfolk.
With Janish coming off the roster, along with the spot cleared when left-hander Paul Fry was outrighted Sunday, the Orioles have one open spot on the 40-man roster.