Astros claim Laird from Yankees

Astros claim Laird from Yankees

Astros claim Laird from Yankees
HOUSTON -- In addition to expanding their roster by three on Saturday, the Astros picked up Brandon Laird off waivers from the Yankees. The 24-year-old infielder will report to the Astros in time for Sunday afternoon's game with the Reds.

Laird, primarily a third baseman/first baseman, hit 15 homers and 31 doubles, and drove in 77 runs over 130 games with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, the Yankees' Triple-A affiliate. He has hit 20-plus homers twice over six Minor League seasons.

Laird has appeared in 11 Major League games (six starts), all in 2011, all for the Yankees. He is the younger brother of veteran Major League catcher Gerald Laird, who is currently playing for the Tigers.