SEATTLE -- A.J. Schugel's tenure with the Mariners ended quickly on Tuesday as the right-hander was claimed off waivers by the Pirates, one week after being designated for assignment by Seattle.
Schugel, 26, was initially acquired by the Mariners on Dec. 16, when they claimed him off waivers from the D-backs. But Seattle designated Schugel for assignment last week to open a spot on the 40-man roster after landing right-hander Joe Wieland in a trade with the Dodgers for Minor League infielder Erick Mejia.
If Schugel had cleared waivers, he could have been outrighted to Triple-A Tacoma, but instead, he is now on the Pirates' 40-man roster. Pittsburgh opened a roster spot by designating former Mariners reliever Yoervis Medina for assignment.
Schugel made his Major League debut with Arizona last year, posting a 5.00 ERA in nine innings over five relief appearances. He split most of the season between Double-A Mobile and Triple-A Reno, going a combined 9-9 with a 4.84 ERA in 21 starts.
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