Cubs claim lefty reliever Ortiz from Rangers

Cubs claim lefty reliever Ortiz from Rangers

MESA, Ariz. -- The Cubs continued to add pitching to the organization, claiming left-hander Joseph Ortiz off waivers from the Rangers on Monday. With the move, the Cubs' 40-man roster is now full.

Ortiz, 24, went 2-2 with a 4.23 ERA in 32 relief appearances for the Rangers in 2013 before being limited to 15 Minor League appearances last season because of a fractured left foot. He was injured when he was hit by a motorcycle while walking on the street in Venezuela.

He began 2014 on the 60-day disabled list and made two rehab appearances with the Rangers' Rookie League team in Arizona in July before joining Double-A Frisco, where he posted a 4.50 ERA in 13 relief outings.

A native of Venezuela, Ortiz originally signed with the Rangers as a non-drafted free agent on Aug. 28, 2006. In 217 relief appearances over eight Minor League seasons, he is 18-15 with 31 saves and a 2.44 ERA.

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