Giants claim minor league journeyman pitcher
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The Giants claimed pitcher Hunter Strickland off waivers from the Pittsburgh Pirates and optioned him to Single-A affiliate San Jose.

Strickland was on the Pirates' 40-man roster before being designated for assignment by the club on March 27.

The right-handed thrower has spent five seasons in the minor leagues and has yet to reach the Triple-A level. Last season, Strickland held a 4.46 ERA in 42 1/3 innings in Double-A and a 2.98 ERA with the Pirates High-A affiliate.

Strickland was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 18th round of the 2007 MLB Amateur Draft.