Houston, TX – The Houston Astros claimed infielder Steve Pearce off waivers Saturday along with four other roster moves.
The Astros also purchased the contract of pitcher Armando Galarraga from Triple-A Oklahoma City, optioned pitcher Fernando Abad to Triple-A, and outrighted pitchers Enerio Del Rosario and Aneury Rodriguez to the Triple-A squad.
Pearce, 28, was hitting .254 with three home runs, four doubles and 14 RBI in 28 games for the Baltimore Orioles this season. He began the season with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees and was designated for assignment by the Orioles last Sunday. Pearce has played 213 career games in the big leagues with Pittsburgh (2007-11) and Baltimore.
Galarraga, 30, is 3-2 with a 3.97 earned-run average in 10 starts with Houston's Class-A team in Lexington and Oklahoma City. Galarraga is most known for throwing what would have been a perfect game with the Detroit Tigers in 2010, only to have it taken away on a blown call at first base by umpire Jim Joyce.
Del Rosario, 26, was outrighted after posting a 7.80 ERA in 15 appearances for the Astros this season, while Abad appeared in 30 games for Houston and compiled a 3.86 ERA.
Rodriguez, 24, has spent the majority of the season in Triple-A, where he recorded a 3-7 record with a 6.67 ERA in 23 appearances -- 13 starts.