In yet another move to bolster the Giants’ depth, KNBR.com has learned the Giants inked infielder Ruben Tejada to a minor-league deal, pending his physical on Monday.
The 26-year-old was released June 1 by the Cardinals, a team that quickly shot Jedd Gyorko and Aledmys Diaz past Tejada on the depth chart. Tejada recorded only six hits in 23 games with St. Louis, but is expected to join the Giants organization along with recent minor-league signees Travis Ishikawa and Chris Denorfia. He’s spent a majority of his career at shortstop and second base, but played 29 games at third base across the last two seasons. The right-handed bat of Tejada could give the Giants, a team with no shortage of left-handed hitters, some balance later in the season. He’s a career .254/.328/.322 hitter across seven major-league seasons, including six with the Mets.
The Giants haven’t had much to show for their infield depth aside from Kelby Tomlinson, who recently went down with a sprained left thumb and is out for about three weeks. Infielder Ramiro Peña was recalled in place of Tomlinson, and infielder Conor Gillaspie has one hit in his last 18 at-bats.