Tigers claim RHP Johnny Barbato off waivers from Pirates

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Johnny Barbato

The Detroit Tigers claimed right-handed pitcher Johnny Barbato off waivers from the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday.

Barbato, 25, made 24 relief appearances for the Pirates in 2017. He struck out 23 with 18 walks over 28.2 innings, with a 4.08 ERA and 1.50 WHIP.

He also made 27 appearances between Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and Triple-A Indianapolis in 2017. He had 41 strikeouts and 13 walks over 39.1 innings, with a 3.20 ERA and 1.17 WHIP.

Barbato, 6-1 and 235 pounds, is from Miami. The Tigers 40-man roster is now at 40.

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