Astros claim Bixler off waivers

The Houston Astros have claimed infielder Brian Bixler off waivers from the Washington Nationals.

The 29-year-old Bixler hit .205 with a double, two triples and two RBI in 79 games for the Nationals in 2011. The versatile Bixler played all three outfield positions and three infield positions last season.

In 147 career games with Pittsburgh (2008-09) and Washington (2011), Bixler has hit .187 with eight doubles, three triples and seven RBI.