Houston Astros claim RHP Oliver Ortega off waivers from Minnesota Twins

Minnesota Twins reliever Oliver Ortega delivers a pitch during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, Monday, July 17, 2023, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear) (Stephen Brashear, Copyright 2023 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

HOUSTONThe Houston Astros announced they claimed right-handed pitcher Oliver Ortega off waivers from the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday., just two days after the start of the offseason.

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Ortega. 27, made 10 relief appearances with the Twins last season, going 0-1 with a 4.30 ERA and a .204 opponent’s batting average while spending the bulk of the season with Triple-A St. Paul.

Ortega was on the Twins’ 60-day injured list and will remain on the Astros’ 60-day list after suffering a left lumbar strain following his acquisition.

He was originally signed with the Los Angeles Angels as an international free agent in 2014 before the Twins claimed him off waivers.


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