Tigers claim Stairs off waivers

Tigers claim Stairs off waivers

DETROIT -- The Tigers announced on Friday that they've claimed first baseman/outfielder Matt Stairs off waivers from the Texas Rangers, adding another piece for the stretch run to what has been a struggling offense.

The 38-year-old Stairs will join his third organization this season. He batted .261 with eight home runs and 32 RBIs in 77 games for the Royals before they dealt him to Texas at the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. He played 26 games for the Rangers, mostly at designated hitter, batting .210 (17-for-81) with four doubles, three homers and 11 RBIs.

His arrival in Detroit adds another left-handed bat to the Tigers, who already have a lefty first baseman in Sean Casey but haven't boasted a lefty power bat at DH or off the bench since releasing Dmitri Young last week.

To make room for Stairs on the 40-man roster, the Tigers moved right-handed pitcher Roman Colon from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day DL. Colon hasn't pitched since August 13 because of neck spasms and is expected to visit a specialist in the coming days to better determine the cause of his injury.

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.