Blue Jays Claim Juan Abreu

The TORONTO BLUE JAYS have claimed RHP JUAN ABREU off waivers from the Houston Astros and will option him to Las Vegas of the Pacific Coast League (AAA).

ABREU, 27, has appeared in 38 games for Oklahoma City in the Pacific Coast League, posting a 2-3 record with a 7.09 ERA. The native of the Dominican Republic made his Major League debut last season with the Astros, going 0-0 with a 2.70 ERA in seven relief appearances. In seven minor league seasons, the right-hander is 26-22 with a 4.67 ERA in 225 games, including 17 starts.

To make room on the 40-man roster RHP SCOTT RICHMOND has been designated for assignment.