The Milwaukee Brewers have claimed right-hander Jose De La Torre off waivers from the Boston Red Sox, according to Milwaukee's senior director of media relations Mike Vassallo. De La Torre was designated for assignment earlier in the week to create roster space for Clay Buchholz, who returned from a three-month stint on the disabled list.
De La Torre, 27, appeared in seven major league games for Boston this season, posting a 6.35 ERA in 11.1 innings of work. He fared much better in 34 games with Triple-A Pawtucket, earning a 5-1 record with a 2.75 ERA, 10.1 K/9, and 4.6 BB/9.
After originally signing with the Brewers as an international free agent in 2004, De La Torre was released and picked up by the Mets. He spent the next five seasons in the Mets' system before signing with the Indians in February 2012, and was traded to Boston for infielder Brent Lillibridge before last season's trade deadline. In seven minor league seasons, the reliever has a career 31-21 record and 2.82 ERA in 248 appearances.
After being claimed, De La Torre was optioned to Rookie-level Helena, where he will try to help the team during their playoff push. Once Helena's season is complete, he may join the Brewers' major league bullpen for the rest of the season in hopes of earning a permanent spot for next season. De La Torre is under control through the 2018 season, and will likely see split time between Milwaukee and Triple-A Nashville next season.