Twins claim Mastroianni off waivers

MINNEAPOLIS — The Twins claimed outfielder Darin Mastroianni off waivers from the Blue Jays, the club announced today.

Mastroianni, 26, was designated for assignment by Toronto last week to make room on their roster for reliever Francisco Cordero.

He made his Major League debut last season, going 0-for-3 against the Royals on Aug. 24. It was his only big league appearance, as he spent most of the year split between Double-A New Hampshire and Triple-A Las Vegas.

He combined to hit .268 with a .353 on-base percentage and .377 slugging percentage with three homers, nine triples, 26 doubles and 34 stolen bases in 123 games in the Minors last year.

His best season came in ’10, when he led the Double-A Eastern League in stolen bases with 46, tied for the lead league in hits with 156 and was second in runs with 104 and walks with 77.

Mastroianni, who was selected by the Blue Jays in the 16th-round of 2007 First-Year Player Draft, has a career .279/.370/.372 line in four Minor League seasons. He’s served mostly as a center fielder in the Minors with 377 games played there, while he’s played 78 games in left field and four games in right field. He also played 63 games at second base in ‘07.

Update: I just got word that right-handed reliever Esmerling Vasquez was designated for assignment to make room for Mastroianni on the 40-man roster. Vasquez was claimed off waivers from the D-backs on Sept. 27 but never made an appearance with the club. The Twins have 10 days to trade Vasquez, release him or pass him through waivers.

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