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Astros Acquire Mark Hamburger Off Waivers

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
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).

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.

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Will Mark Hamburger earn himself a role in Houston this season?

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