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Cubs pick up right-hander Roach off waivers

CHICAGO -- The Cubs continued to stockpile pitchers, claiming right-hander Donn Roach off waivers from the Padres on Wednesday.

With the move, the Cubs' 40-man roster is now at 38 players.

Roach, who turns 25 on Dec. 14, was 1-0 with a 4.75 ERA in 16 appearances with the Padres last season, his first year in the big leagues. He was the Angels' third-round pick in the 2010 First Year Player Draft and was traded to the Padres in May 2012 along with Alexi Amarista for Ernesto Frieri.

He was on the Padres' Opening Day roster this year after making 28 starts at Double-A San Antonio in 2013, but was optioned to Triple-A El Paso on June 3. He went 4-6 with a 5.24 ERA in 19 games (13 starts) in the Minors this year.

Overall, Roach is 32-26 with two saves and a 3.73 ERA in 126 Minor League appearances, including 67 starts, covering five professional seasons.

On Oct. 6, the Cubs claimed left-handed pitcher Joe Ortiz, 24, off waivers from the Rangers.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat.
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