Well, that didn't take long.
Per the Dallas Morning News, the Rangers have optioned right-hander Robinson Tejeda to Triple-A Oklahoma, and have recalled left-hander John Rheinecker, who will start Game 1 of Tuesday's doubleheader versus Seattle.
Despite making 19 starts this season, Tejeda has pitched just 95.1 innings this year, which is short of the 98 innings required to qualify for the league leaderboards. If you pretend that 95.1 IP is enough to qualify, however, you'll find that Tejeda's 6.61 ERA is good for dead last in all of baseball, with Ervin Santana's 6.22 ERA coming in one spot ahead of him at #89.
Also on the bottom 10 list: Kameron Loe (who does barely qualify with 104.1 IP, but has a 5.69 ERA), Kip Wells (5.75 ERA) and Adam Eaton (5.84 ERA).
A few other fun statistical facts: Tejeda's WHIP ratio is 1.78 on the year, and if you again pretend that he has enough innings pitched to qualify, you'll find he's also dead last in all of baseball in this department, as well. In addition, Tejeda's 60 walks allowed is good for 3rd in the AL and 5th in MLB, but in much fewer innings than those in front of him.
Oddly enough, another ex-Ranger pops up one spot above Tejeda in the WHIP category, with Arizona's Doug Davis allowing a horrid 1.71 walks and hits per inning this year. Of course, he also has a 4.13 ERA, which would seem to indicate he's getting extremely lucky on the mound. Perhaps he should start buying lottery tickets.
In the meantime, John Rheinecker has pitched well lately in Oklahoma, putting up a 2.28 ERA in his last four starts for the Redhawks. Barring a truly amazing performance by Rheinecker on Tuesday, he'll be back in AAA come Wednesday morning.