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Tejeda lands on DL due to inflamed shoulder

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One day after the Royals announced that he had been demoted from the primary setup role, right-handed reliever Robinson Tejeda was taken off the roster altogether.

Tejeda was placed on the disabled list Thursday with right shoulder inflammation. The move, which was backdated to Wednesday, was made before the Royals' 5-1 win over the Mariners. The game was shortened to 7 1/2 innings due to rain.

Tejeda was 0-1 with a 5.06 ERA in seven relief appearances, having allowed 10 hits and two walks in 5 1/3 innings. Opponents had a .462 on-base percentage off him.

The most telling statistic was that he had only one strikeout after he struck out 56 in 61 innings last season. Tejeda's fastball velocity was down about 6 mph from last year.

Tejeda had a MRI on Thursday that detected rotator cuff fatigue and inflammation. He received a cortisone shot and will not be allowed to throw for three days.

Tejeda did not retire any of the four Twins batters he faced in the 10th inning Tuesday in a 4-3 loss at Minnesota. The 15-day DL was made retroactive to Wednesday.

It is the third consecutive year Tejeda has landed on the disabled list with shoulder or biceps issues.

To replace Tejeda on the roster, the Royals recalled right-handed reliever Blake Wood from Class AAA Omaha.

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