MINNEAPOLIS -- Right-hander Robinson Tejeda, with his fastball velocity down, will be eased out of the setup role in the Royals' bullpen for now.
"I'll back him off some until he gets his velocity back," manager Ned Yost said.
For now, Yost plans to use his young pitchers, including right-handers Aaron Crow, Jeremy Jeffress and Kanekoa Texeira, and left-hander Tim Collins in late-inning situations.
This is exactly the right move. I'm not convinced Tejeda is toast, and I don't even mind him taking up a roster spot, but he should not be used in high leverage situations right now at all. Hopefully they figure out the injury or flaw in his delivery or whatever is causing his velocity drop and he can be useful again, but let the kids handle the heavy lifting for now.