Pirates claim Claggett off waivers; move Ascanio to 60-day DL

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

The Pirates claimed right-hander Anthony Claggett off waivers from the Yankees on Thursday and ended Jose Ascanio’s season by moving him to the 60-day disabled list to make room for Claggett on the 40-man roster.

Ascanio had thrown a simulated game on Tuesday and had been expected to throw one more and then be cleared to pitch in the final week of the season. Now, however, he has been shut down. After being traded to the Pirates from the Cubs on June 30, Ascanio made just two appearances. He allowed two earned runs in 2 2/3 innings.

The Pirates are considering sending Ascanio to pitch in winter ball, though that decision will hinge on how his right shoulder, which has been bothered with inflammation, continues to heal.

New York designated Claggett for assignment 10 days ago to clear its own roster spot. He made two appearances for the Yankees this season (his only time in the big leagues) and allowed 10 earned runs on 11 hits in 2 2/3 innings.

An 11th-round pick in the 2005 First-Year Player Draft, Claggett spent the rest of the season with Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes Barre. There he made 39 appearances (five starts) and finished 7-7 with a 3.07 ERA. In 82 innings, he walked 32 and struck out 43.

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Wow, another great player, boy Neal’s just stockpiling talent, the rest of the league better look out

I smell a championship.

And it smells like Claggett.

I don’t know much about these 2 players, but I think the Pirates have a lot of good players right now, but they just can’t buy a win. Has there been any talk about replacing John Russell, any other major league team would have fired him by now, what keeps him there?

Jerry Bucs Fan forever

The pirates are getting a gem in Claggett. Being a die hard yankee fan, I have seen him in Scranton and he can hold his own. He can now join the other ex-Yankees as a fellow Buc.

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