NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 08: Lance Pendleton #39 of the New York Yankees reacts after giving up two home runs in the ninth inning against the Boston Red Sox during their game on June 8, 2011 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
The Houston Astros have claimed right-handed reliever Lance Pendleton off waivers from the New York Yankees, according to Chad Jennings of the LoHud Yankees blog. Lance Pendleton was designated for assignment earlier in the week to make room on the Yankees 40-man roster for right-handed reliever George Kontos.
Pendleton, the Houston native, will be going into his second stint with the Astros this year. The Astros acquired the reliever in December through the Rule 5 draft. He didn't make the team, however, and was returned back to New York just before opening day.
Pendleton, 27, pitched 14 complete innings for the Yankees at the major-league level, mostly finishing blowout games. The former fourth-round selection posted a solid 3.21 ERA, but poor peripherals across the board (1.3 HR/9, 5.1 K/9, 6.4 BB/9). For what it's worth, the reliever posted similar numbers in Class Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, though the control was better at Triple-A.