Astros claim 2 players off waivers: IF Anderson Hernandez (MIN) and P Nelson Figueroa (PHI). Designate P. Trinidad for assigment.— Alyson Footer (@alysonfooter) July 21, 2010
Per Alyson Footer, the Astros have claimed infielder Anderson Hernandez and relief pitcher Nelson Figueroa off waivers. Both will join the 25-man roster, and Polin Trinidad will be designated for assignment. More details on the players in question to follow. Anderson Hernandez is a 27-year old shortstop/second baseman with a career .659 OPS in the minors and a career .621 OPS in the majors. He played for the Indians this season to the tune of .246/.270/.295 (63 plate appearances). Nelson Figueroa is a 36-year old right-handed relief pitcher who has been around the majors for awhile. He has a 3.41 ERA and a 3.51 FIP this year in 26 innings, significantly better than his career marks of 4.47/4.88. His fastball velocity is actually up this season from previous levels, and now he throws a blistering 88.3mph on average. UPDATE: Oswaldo Navarro and Gary Majewski have been sent down to AAA Round Rock to make room for the new players.