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Houston Astros Claim Ryan Jackson From St. Louis Cardinals; Jake Elmore Claimed By Chicago White Sox


With the Rule 5 draft protection deadline later tonight, the Astros made several moves to clear space on their 40-man roster.

Jake Elmore was claimed by the Chicago White Sox earlier today. Elmore, 26, hit just .242 with 2 HR’s in 52 games this season. Elmore was claimed on waivers from the Diamondbacks a little more than a year ago, and was a utility player for the Astros. Elmore played all nine positions for the Astros this season, a first in franchise history.

The Astros claimed Ryan Jackson off waivers from the St. Louis Cardinals to replace Jake Elmore. Jackson, 25, was a 5th round pick by the Cardinals (Jeff Luhnow) in the 2009 MLB Draft. Jackson has played mostly shortstop in the minors, though has seen time at second base, third base, and the outfield as well. Jackson was likely brought in to replace Elmore, and will be used as a utility player this season.

 

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The Astros made two other moves to clear space on their 40-man roster. John Ely was released after not logging an official inning with the Astros this season. The Astros acquired Ely last offseason in exchange for Rob Rasmussen. Ely underwent Tommy John surgery in April.

J.D. Martinez was also outrighted to Triple-A OKC. Martinez hit .250 with 7 HR’s and 36 RBI’s in 86 games with the Astros. The 26-year old had success early in his career with the Astros, but has struggled the last two seasons.

The Astros 40-man roster now stands at 34. The Astros aren’t expected to announce any new additions to the roster until tomorrow morning.

 

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