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Tribe claims infielder from Mets

By Sheldon Published: March 17, 2010

GOODYEAR, Ariz.: The Indians this afternoon made a waiver claim from the Mets, bringing infielder Anderson Hernandez to camp.

Apparently, Hernandez, 27, has a more favorable upside than infielder Brian Bixler, who was designated for assignment to make room for Hernandez on the 40-man roster.

Hernandez spent the 2009 season with New York and Washington, hitting a combined .251 in 366 at-bats. In 123 games, he had 15 doubles, four triples, three home runs, 37 RBI and 39 runs.

He began the season on the disabled list but played 77 games with the Nationals before being traded to the Mets on Aug. 6. From then until the end of the season Hernandez batted .303 in 175 at-bats.

The middle infielder has a career major-league batting average of .245 in 186 games over five seasons. He was originally signed by Detroit out of the Dominican Republic.

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