ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -The Texas Rangers optioned right-hander Robinson Tejeda to Triple-A Oklahoma and recalled right-handed pitcher Wes Littleton on Saturday.
Texas manager Ron Washington said Tejeda will not pitch for Oklahoma, but instead work with pitching coach Mark Connor and bullpen coach Dom Chiti during the All-Star break. Washington said the move was made to add an extra pitcher to the bullpen.
``This was just an opportunity for us to get a fresh arm,'' Washington said.
Tejeda will throw two bullpen sessions before his next start, which is scheduled for July 17 against Oakland. In his last start Thursday against the Los Angeles Angels, Tejeda took the loss by giving up four runs in 5 1-3 innings.
Tejeda is 5-8 with a 6.70 ERA in 17 starts for the Rangers. He was their most consistent starter in April, going 3-1 with a 3.82 ERA. But over the past two months, Tejeda is 2-7 with an 8.30 ERA.
Littleton is 0-1 with a 4.15 ERA in nine games with Texas this season. He was sent down to Oklahoma on June 16.
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