Reds claim Shaffer, Jenkins off waivers

Reds claim Shaffer, Jenkins off waivers

The Reds announced a pair of waiver claims on Friday, claiming infielder/outfielder Richie Shaffer from the Phillies and right-hander Tyrell Jenkins from the Rangers. In addition, Reds catcher Juan Graterol was claimed off waivers by the D-backs.

Shaffer had been claimed off waivers by Philadelphia earlier this month, but the team designated the 25-year-old for assignment on Tuesday. A first-round Draft pick by the Rays in 2012, Shaffer played the past two seasons for Tampa Bay and hit .250/.315/.438 with one home run in 20 games in '16.

Jenkins made his Major League debut for the Braves in 2016, going 2-4 with a 5.88 ERA in 14 appearances, including eight starts. He walked 33 and struck out 26 in 52 innings. He fared better in 17 games (12 starts) at Triple-A, going 9-3 with a 2.47 ERA in 83 2/3 innings.

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The 24-year-old Jenkins had been designated for assignment by the Rangers on Wednesday, two weeks after they acquired him from the Braves along with left-handed pitcher Brady Feigl in a trade for right-hander Luke Jackson. Jenkins was a first-round pick by the Cardinals in the 2010 Draft.

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Graterol had been with the Reds since late November, when Cincinnati claimed him off waivers from the Angels. The 27-year-old made his Major League debut for Los Angeles in 2016 and went 4-for-14 in nine games.

David Adler is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @_dadler. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.