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Padres claim catcher Gary Sanchez off waivers

The San Diego Padres claimed catcher Gary Sanchez off waivers on Monday.

The move was made days after Sanchez was designated for assignment by the Mets to make room on the 26-man roster for Tomas Nido, who was reinstated from the injured list.

The two-time All-Star played three games with the Mets, going 1-for-6 with three strikeouts and an RBI.

San Diego hopes Sanchez can provide production at the catcher position, something that has been lacking during the early stages of the season. Starter Austin Nola entered Monday batting .131 with one homer and seven RBI in 99 at-bats. Second-stringer Brett Sullivan is hitting .170 with four extra-base hits and a .482 OPS in 21 games since getting called up from the minors on April 16.

Luis Campusano has been sidelined with a thumb injury and is expected to return around the All-Star break.

Sanchez is looking to revive his career after landing on his third team this season. Before signing with the Mets, he was released by the San Francisco Giants on May 2 after spending time with the franchise in the minor leagues.

The catcher spent his best days with the Yankees, where he was runner-up in 2016 AL Rookie of the Year voting and was selected to two All-Star teams. In seven seasons with the Bronx Bombers, Sanchez slashed .230/.318/.487 with 138 home runs and 340 RBI.

– With The Associated Press


Source: Berkshire mont

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