Takahashi claimed off waivers by Bucs

Takahashi claimed off waivers by Bucs

DETROIT -- On Sunday, Hisanori Takahashi was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake. Five days later the left-handed reliever finds himself with a different organization altogether, as he was placed on waivers and claimed by the Pirates on Friday.

Takahashi had his fair share of struggles this season with the Angels. He had a 0-3 record and, in 42 innings, allowed 23 earned runs -- good for a 4.93 ERA. Through seven games in August, his ERA was 7.71.

The 37-year-old was demoted to Salt Lake on Aug. 19 following the return of right-hander Jordan Walden, who had been sidelined since July 8 with soreness in his neck and a strained right bicep.

Takahashi pitched in 103 games for the Angels during his two-year stint with the club. He went 4-3 with a 3.44 ERA last season and, overall, was 4-6 with a 4.01 ERA.

Manager Mike Scioscia thinks it will be good for Takahashi to get a fresh start in Pittsburgh.

"He struggled with some things, [but] at times he threw the ball well for us in our bullpen," Scioscia said. "He's got versatility, and I think that he'll add a little different dimension to their 'pen."