When Roy Oswalt was called up to the big club last week, the Texas Rangers had to move right-hander Mark Hamburger from the 40-man roster in order to make room for the veteran. On Tuesday, the San Diego Padres took Hamburger off the Rangers’ hands completely with an outright waiver claim.
Hamburger is now set to report to the Padres’ Triple-A affiliate in Tuscon. In 21 appearances (three starts) with Triple-A Round Rock this season, Hamburger threw 45.1 innings with a 6.55 ERA and two saves. His record with the Express was 0-2.
As Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News points out today, Hamburger is the third pitcher the Rangers have lost via the waiver wire this season. The Yankees picked up Cody Eppley and the Cardinals just recently picked up John Gaub.
As part of these outright waivers claims, the Rangers’ receive $20,000 with each transaction.