Orioles claim Pedro Strop off waivers from Rangers

The Orioles today announced that they have claimed right-handed pitcher Pedro Strop on waivers from the Texas Rangers. Strop is expected to join the team during their series in Tampa Bay this weekend.

Strop, 26, is 0-1 with a 3.72 ERA (9.2IP, 4 ER) in 11 games for the Texas Rangers this season. He pitched to a 3.59 ERA (47.2IP, 19 ER) in 39 games with Triple-A Round Rock in 2011.

Strop is 19-15 with a 3.79 ERA (242.0IP, 102 ER) in 202 career minor league games with the Colorado Rockies and Texas Rangers. In 33 career major league games with the Rangers over the last three seasons, Strop posted a 7.24 ERA (27.1IP, 22 ER).

Originially signed by the Rockies as a non-drafted free agent in January 2002, Strop spent the first four years of his professional career as a shortstop before becoming a pitcher in 2006.