Tigers' Lambert claimed by O's off waivers
Righty reliever had been optioned to Triple-A Toledo
DETROIT -- The Baltimore Orioles claimed right-hander Chris Lambert off waivers from the Tigers Thursday, adding a bit of pitching depth for the O's in their second transaction with Detroit this week.
The Tigers designated Lambert's contract for assignment Tuesday, a week after the Tigers optioned him to Triple-A Toledo. He last took the mound last Wednesday at Boston, where he took the loss in relief to the Red Sox following Rick Porcello's ejection. It was Lambert's second and final appearance for the Tigers this year, totaling 11 runs on 12 hits over 6 2/3 innings with six walks and four strikeouts.
The former first-round pick of the Cardinals was more effective in the rotation at Toledo, where he owned a 6-7 record despite a respectable 3.55 ERA, striking out 106 batters over 126 1/3 innings in 21 starts. He allowed 121 hits, including eight home runs.
The 26-year-old was set to return to the Mud Hens' rotation Tuesday when the Tigers designated his contract for assignment to make room for first-round Draft pick Jacob Turner, who signed a Major League contract Monday night and thus had to be placed on the 40-man roster.
Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.