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Cubs claim pitcher Socolovich off waivers

Cubs claim pitcher Socolovich off waivers

Cubs claim pitcher Socolovich off waivers
The Cubs claimed pitcher Miguel Socolovich off waivers from the Orioles on Thursday and optioned the right-hander to Triple-A Iowa on Thursday. In a corresponding move, Chicago designated catcher Blake Lalli for assignment to clear a spot on the 40-man roster.

The Orioles designated Socolovich for assignment on Aug. 14 after the 26-year-old gave up eight earned runs in 10 1/3 innings over six games out of the Baltimore bullpen. He had spent most of the season with Triple-A Norfolk, earning a spot on the International League midseason All-Star team. In 28 relief appearances with Norfolk, Socolovich posted a 1.90 ERA with 52 strikeouts in 52 innings, limiting opponents to a .179 average.

Lalli made his Major League debut with the Cubs on May 18 and went 2-for-15 with two RBIs in six games. The 29-year-old was hitting .257 with seven home runs and 40 RBIs for Triple-A Iowa this season. He had been with the organization since signing as a non-drafted free agent in May 2006.

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Andrew Simon is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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