Bucs claim Xavier Paul

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

The Pirates have made their second waiver claim in a week, taking outfielder Xavier Paul from the Dodgers. The Pirates added Paul to the 40-man roster by moving Scott Olsen from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list. Olsen has been in extended Spring Training trying to build up arm strength.

Paul must also be put on the 25-man roster when he reports to Pittsburgh. The Pirates will wait until Paul gets here to make a corresponding roster move. Given that Paul is an outfielder, that would seem to hint at either Steve Pearce or John Bowker being sent out. Pearce has an option left, meaning the Pirates could send him to Triple-A. Bowker, on the other hand, does not. The absence of an option could work in Bowker’s favor.

Paul has played parts of three seasons with the Dodgers, accruing 146 at-bats and a .233 batting average. His only home run came in 2009. After making Los Angeles’ Opening Day roster this year, Paul had three singles in 11 at-bats.

A fourth-round Draft pick in 2003, Paul played all three outfield positions in the Minors. In 203 Triple-A games, Paul batted .320 with 58 doubles, 23 homers and 32 stolen bases.

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