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Yankees claim Russ Canzler off waivers

Cleveland Indians infielder/outfielder Russ Canzler hits a single

Cleveland Indians infielder/outfielder Russ Canzler hits a single off Texas Rangers starting pitcher Scott Feldman. (Sept. 1, 2012) Credit: AP

The Yankees have claimed infielder/outfielder Russ Canzler off waivers from the Cleveland Indians.

In 29 games in the big leagues, Canzler has hit .271 with three home runs and 12 RBIs. The 26-year-old righthanded hitter signed with the Chicago Cubs in 2004 after being drafted in the 30th round of that year's amateur draft.

Canzler has bounced around throughout his career. He signed with the Tampa Bay Rays as a free agent in November 2010 and played in three games with the Rays in 2011. He was then purchased by the Indians in January 2012 where he played the rest of his 26 major-league games.

Before being called up by the Indians in September 2012, Canzler hit .265 with 22 home runs and 79 RBIs in 130 games with the Triple-A Columbus Clippers. He also led the International League with 36 doubles.


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