The Oakland Athletics have announced that they have claimed infielder Luke Hughes from the Minnesota Twins, while placing rehabbing starting pitcher Dallas Braden on the 60-day disabled list to make room for him on the squad.
Via the Oakland Athletics on Twitter:
#Athletics claim Luke Hughes off waivers from the #Twins; Dallas Braden transferred to the 60-day disabled list.— Oakland Athletics (@Athletics) April 22, 2012
Hughes, the Australian native, appeared in only four games for the Minnesota this season. He was 2 for 10 at the plate with two RBIs and a stolen base. He was released by the Twins to make room for right-hander Jason Marquis on their lineup. He is a career .224 hitter with eight homers and 33 RBI in his two year career.
The A's were in need of some extra infield depth, which Hughes will certainly provide. He may start to produce more a the plate, but likely won't be expected to do more with the leather than his bat.
As for Braden the setback he suffered at the end of March is obviously still a problem, forcing the A's to shelf him for much longer than he had hoped.
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