Tejada was reassigned to minor-league camp Wednesday, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports. Tejada was a long-shot to grab an active roster spot out of spring training. His .171 batting average in 35 Grapefruit League at-bats essentially put the nail in the coffin. He'll head back to the minors to act as an organizational depth piece for Baltimore.
Tejada will attend Orioles' spring training as a non-roster invitee, Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com reports. Tejada, who played 41 games for Baltimore last season, returned to the team on a minor-league contract. He'll have the chance to compete for a utility role at spring training. During his time with the club in 2017 he hit .230 with a .576 OPS.
Tejada will be moved down the depth chart and into a utility role following Monday's acquisition of shortstop Tim Beckham, Eduardo Encina of The Baltimore Sun reports. Beckham was the Rays' starting shortstop on Opening Day, and he'll man the spot until J.J. Hardy (wrist) returns. This move pushes Tejada out of regular work, thus making him fairly irrelevant for fantasy purposes.
Tejada is out of the lineup Sunday against the Cubs. The Orioles are giving regular second baseman Jonathan Schoop a rare look at shortstop Sunday, so Tejada will find himself on the bench for the first time in the series. Unless Schoop proves to be a quick study at the position, Tejada should be in line for regular starts at shortstop until J.J. Hardy (wrist, rib) is cleared to return from the 10-day disabled list.
Tejada is not starting Saturday's matchup against the Twins, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports. The Orioles continue to search for answers in the middle infield and Tejada's absence for three of the past five games indicates he may be on the outside looking in. Jonathan Schoop will move over from second to make his first major-league start at shortstop, enabling Johnny Giavotella to take over at the keystone.