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Nationals claim former Oriole Florimon on waivers

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Nationals claim former Oriole Florimon on waivers

The Washington Nationals claimed former Orioles infielder Pedro Florimon on waivers from the Minnesota Twins. The Nationals designated outfielder Eury Perez for assignment. Florimon, 27, was the Twins' Opening Day shortstop but struggled this season and wasn't a September call-up in Minnesota. He hit .092 (7-for-76) with a .310 OPS, 22 strikeouts and eight walks in 33 games this season. He spent most of the season at Triple-A Rochester, playing mostly shortstop but with some second and third base. He hit .257/.328/.389 with four home runs and 82 strikeouts in 85 games at Rochester. In 692 major league plate appearances, Florimon has a .204/.266/.300 slash line. He is known more for his elite defense, which Nationals scouts and advanced statistics rated highly. He will likely serve as minor league depth. Perez, 24, was signed by the Nationals out of the Dominican Republic at 17 for $25,000 in 2007. He overcame language barriers and developed into a speedy contact hitter, but spent the past 21/2 seasons at Triple-A Syracuse. He was a slowed by a broken toe this season but hit .311/.372/.406 with 20 stolen bases at Syracuse and was surpassed by other outfield prospects. The Nationals' system has a glut of outfield prospects and less middle infield depth at the upper rungs of the minor leagues.

James Wagner, The Washington Post

Major League Soccer: D.C. United's Eddie Johnson has recovered from a concussion and is in the mix for Saturday's match at Chicago, coach Ben Olsen said. Johnson missed three games. With top scorer Fabian Espindola serving a red card suspension, Johnson becomes a strong candidate to partner with Luis Silva on the front line.

Steven Goff, The Washington Post

Canoeing: Fabien Lefevre of the Potomac Whitewater Racing Club qualified in the C1 men's heats at the ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships in Deep Creek.

Men's college basketball: UMBC announced its 29-game schedule, which includes 16 America East games. The home opener is set for Nov. 25 against Howard, the alma mater of Retrievers coach Aki Thomas. UMBC will play at Loyola on Nov. 19 and will host Towson on Nov. 29.

College baseball: Washington College named Scott Renauro an assistant coach and Buddy Custer a volunteer assistant coach.

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