White Sox claim outfielder Rymer Liriano off waivers

The Chicago White Sox have claimed outfielder Rymer Liriano off waivers from the Milwaukee Brewers.

Liriano, 25, missed the entire 2016 season due to multiple facial fractures suffered after being hit in the face by a pitch on March 20 vs. Los Angeles-NL during spring training. He has returned to game action with Licey in the Dominican Winter League, appearing in four games. Liriano, who was acquired by the Brewers from San Diego on January 28, appeared in 38 major-league games with the Padres in 2014, his only season in the major leagues. He hit .220 (24-109) with two doubles, one home run, six RBI, four stolen bases and 13 runs scored.

The Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic native batted .292 (138-472) with 31 doubles, three triples, 14 home runs, 64 RBI, 18 stolen bases, 85 runs scored and a .383 on-base percentage in 131 games with Class AAA El Paso in 2015.

Liriano, 6-foot and 210 pounds, is a career .277 hitter (763-2,750) with 172 doubles, 28 triples, 68 homers, 378 RBI, 445 runs scored and a .350 on-base percentage in 738 games over seven seasons in the Padres system (2008-15). He was named the Midwest League Most Valuable Player in 2011, and earned midseason All-Star honors in 2011 (ML), 2012 (California) and 2014 (Texas).

Liriano originally was signed by the Padres as a non-drafted free agent on July 3, 2007.

Following the waiver claim, the White Sox 40-man roster increases to 40.