MESA, Ariz. -- Hours after manager Bob Melvin talked about the lack of outfielders the A's had in Spring Training, the team announced it had claimed outfielder Alex Hassan off waivers from the Baltimore Orioles.
"It's kind of similar where last year we had a lack of infielders, this year we have a lack of outfielders," Melvin said.
To clear a spot for Hassan on the 40-man, right-hander A.J. Griffin, who is still recovering from Tommy John surgery, was placed on the 60-day disabled list.
Hassan made his Major League debut last season and went 1-for-8 in three games with the Red Sox.
The 26-year old spent the bulk of the season in Triple-A, where he hit .287 in 114 games.
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