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Orioles claim outfielder Alex Hassan off waivers from Oakland Athletics

The Orioles like Alex Hassan's minor league track record of hitting left-handed pitching well.

The Orioles announced Thursday that they have claimed outfielder Alex Hassan off waivers from the Oakland Athletics.

Hassan, 26, spent his entire professional career in the Boston Red Sox organization before he was claimed Monday by the Athletics. He made his major league debut June 1 and was 1-for-8 in three major league games for the Red Sox this season.

Hassan spent most of the 2014 season at Triple-A Pawtucket, hitting .287/.378/.426 with 40 extra-base hits (31 doubles, one triple and eight home runs) and 55 RBIs.

The Orioles tried to claim Hassan last week when the Red Sox placed him on waivers, but he ended up going to Oakland. The Athletics tried to slip him through waivers, and the Orioles placed another waiver claim on him, this one successful. 

With the addition of Hassan, the Orioles’ 40-man roster is currently at 35 players.

Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said Hassan has shown the ability to hit for power and average against left-handed pitching, owns good on-base capability and can play both corner outfield spots as well as first base.

Hassan is a career .291/.396/.436 hitter in six minor league seasons. He is a career .315 hitter against left-handed pitching in the minors and hit .328/.409/.492 with a .902 on-base-plus-slugging percentage against left-handers last season at Pawtucket.

Other items of note:

-- The Orioles have until 11:59 p.m. tonight to add players to their 40-man roster in order to protect them from the Rule 5 draft. Right-handers Mike Wright and Tyler Wilson, the organization’s minor league pitchers of the year in each of the last two seasons, likely will be added. Right-handers Mychal Givens and Parker Bridwell, as well as catcher Brian Ward, also will be strongly considered.

-- Former Orioles pitching prospect Eduardo Rodriguez, who was dealt to the Red Sox in the trade that brought Andrew Miller to Baltimore, was added to Boston’s 40-man roster, protecting him from the Rule 5 draft. Rodriguez, who was the Orioles’ No. 3 prospect in 2014, was dominant in his six starts with Boston’s Double-A club, going 3-1 with a 0.96 ERA, 39 strikeouts and 30 hits over 37 1/3 innings.

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