Astros claim Steve Pearce off waivers

The Astros have claimed infielder/outfielder Steve Pearce off waivers from Baltimore, a source told

Pearce, 29, is a career .235 hitter with 12 homers and 66 RBIs in 536 Major League at-bats. He played with the Pirates from 2008-11 and appeared in 28 games this year for the Orioles, hitting .254 with three homers and 14 RBIs in 71 at-bats.

A right-handed hitter, Pearce can play the corner outfield spots and first base.

Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow didn’t want to comment.

Pearce was flying to Houston on Saturday night and could be activated prior to Sunday’s game against the Pirates. The Astros would need to remove someone from the 40-man roster to make room for Pearce.

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