Tejada was assigned to the Yankees' minor-league camp Monday. Even with everyday shortstop Didi Gregorius (shoulder) expected to open the season on the DL, Tejada wasn't able to secure a roster spot out of spring training despite slashing a solid .286/.366/.429 in 35 at-bats during Grapefruit League play. Ronald Torreyes and Rob Refsnyder look like manager Joe Girardi's preferred utility-infield options for the big club, so Tejada will have to bide his time at Triple-A Wilkes-Barre/Scranton before an opportunity opens up for him.
Tejada signed a minor league deal with the Yankees on Monday that includes an invitation to spring training, ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports. He will enter the year behind Didi Gregorius and Ronald Torreyes on the organizational depth chart at shortstop. If one of those two were to suffer an injury, Tejada could join the active roster, as the Yankees' shortstop prospects are not quite ready to help out. Still, as a glove over hit shortstop, he is unlikely to offer much fantasy value, even if he finds his way into the big league mix.
Tejada cleared waivers Tuesday and was outrighted to Triple-A Sacramento. After being designated for assignment on Jul. 20, Tejada successfully went through waivers unclaimed and will return to the Giants' organization. However, now that he's lost his spot on the 40-man roster, Tejada may not be back up with the big league club until much later in the season unless the Giants experience a rash of injuries to the infield.
To make room for Matt Cain, Tejada has been designated for assignment by the Giants on Wednesday. The 26-year-old has struggled this season, hitting .167/.247/.242 in 66 at-bats with both the Cardinals and the Giants. Tejada has now been designated for assignment for the second time this season and will wait to see if he is claimed by another team. If not, he can accept an assignment to Triple-A Sacramento.
Tejada is out of the lineup Sunday against the Diamondbacks. After being San Francisco's main option at third for the last week, Tejada will be replaced by Conor Gillaspie. Tejada and Gillaspie will likely continue to share time at third base after the All-Star break, especially if Tejada fails to improve his batting, as he's hitting just .179/.281/.286 over the last 14 days.