March 25, 2012; Surprise, AZ, USA; Texas Rangers pitcher Mark Hamburger (58) throws a pitch against the Los Angeles Angels at the Tempe Diablo Stadium. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-US PRESSWIRE
In what appears to be an organizational-depth transaction, the Houston Astros have claimed right-handed pitcher Mark Hamburger off waivers from the San Diego Padres, Astros GM Jeff Luhnow announced today (via Brian McTaggart of MLB.com).
Luhnow also announced today that the Astros have claimed 25-year-old RHP Mark Hamburger off waivers from the San Diego Padres— Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) July 21, 2012
The 25-year-old Hamburger, who began the year with Texas, will be donning a jersey for his third different organization this year. The righty hasn't appeared in a major league game since getting a cup of coffee last season.
Hamburger has posted a 6.75 ERA across 57.1 innings of work for a pair of Pacific Coast League teams over 26 appearances this season. He's striking out 7.5 batters per 9 innings, but walking 3.8 over the same pace.
Will Mark Hamburger earn himself a role in Houston this season?