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Astros claim Durango off waivers from Padres

Astros claim Durango off waivers from Padres

Astros claim Durango off waivers from Padres
HOUTON -- Astros general manager Ed Wade has had some good luck on waiver claims since he joined the club, plucking outfielder Jason Bourgeois and pitcher Wilton Lopez off waivers, among others. Wade hopes to have found another gem by claiming outfielder Luis Durango off waivers from the Padres.

Durango, who was added to the 40-man roster, will be sent to Triple-A Oklahoma City. To make room for Durango on the roster, right-hander Alberto Arias was transferred to the 60-day disabled list.

"He has plus-plus speed," Wade said. "He has sort of Jason Bourgeois, Michael Bourn-type of game-changing speed. He's a switch-hitter who doesn't have power, but we think he gives us a good surplus, and any time you can add speed to your mix, it's sensible to do that."

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Durango, 25, hit .243 with 15 RBIs and 10 stolen bases in 61 games for the Padres' Triple-A affiliate this season. He has appeared in 37 Major League games with San Diego from 2009-10, hitting .305 with four RBIs and seven stolen bases. The Panama native was originally signed by the Padres as a non-drafted free agent on Sept. 21, 2003, and represented Panama in the 2009 World Baseball Classic.

Durango played alongside Carlos Lee in the World Baseball Classic, and Lee said he's a strong defensive outfielder who can fly and has a strong arm.

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