Giants claim right-hander Rondón off waivers from Cardinals

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SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants' latest waiver claim added a right-handed pitcher to an organization that might need a few more options in the second half.

The Giants announced Wednesday that they have claimed former St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Angel Rondón, who had been DFA'd last week. Rondón was immediately optioned to Triple-A Sacramento.

The 24-year-old made just one appearance for the Cardinals this year, throwing five shutout innings and allowing just one hit when he replaced the injured Steven Matz in the first inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates on May 22.

Rondón also made two scoreless big league appearances last year, both as a reliever. He was DFA'd by the Cardinals last week when they needed a roster spot for lefty Genesis Cabrera, who was coming off the IL.

Rondón has appeared as both a starter and reliever in Triple-A this year, posting a 4.04 ERA with 52 strikeouts in 49 innings. He has a 3.37 ERA in six minor league seasons but has had high walk rates at times, including 33 walks this season. In his brief time in the majors, Rondon has thrown a fastball that averages 92.6 mph, along with a slider and changeup.

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Because Jake McGee was DFA'd and Thairo Estrada and Tommy La Stella have both spent time on the COVID IL, the Giants have had some 40-man roster flexibility in recent days. Predictably, they have taken full advantage.

Rondón joins infielder Colton Welker and right-hander Tobias Myers as recent additions. 

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