Houston Astros Claim Right-Handed Pitcher Off Waivers From Twins

The Houston Astros have made a significant move by acquiring right-handed pitcher Oliver Ortega from the Minnesota Twins through a waiver claim.

Ortega, a 27-year-old reliever, comes with MLB experience, having pitched for both the Los Angeles Angels and Minnesota Twins, where he posted a 4.03 ERA over 58 innings across 45 appearances.

However, it's worth noting that Ortega is currently on the 60-day injured list due to a left lumbar strain he suffered in late August.

Despite his injury status, the Astros seem to be intrigued by his potential, especially considering his outstanding performance in Triple-A this year.

In Triple-A, Ortega boasted an impressive 1.82 ERA in 34.2 innings, demonstrating excellent strikeout and walk rates along with a penchant for inducing ground balls.

Additionally, what makes Ortega an even more appealing acquisition for the Astros is his pre-arbitration status and remaining option season.

This means that he not only brings talent to the bullpen but also provides flexibility for the team's roster. Photo Credit: Stephen Brashear-USA TODAY Sports