Royals claim Hernandez

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Right-handed pitcher Gaby Hernandez, who was designated for assignment by the Boston Red Sox on March 1, has today been claimed by the Kansas City Royals.

Hernandez, 23, was claimed off waivers by Boston from Seattle on Feb. 10. He spent all of last year with Triple-A Tacoma, going 10-9 with a 5.23 ERA (85 ER/146.1 IP), 98 strikeouts and 48 walks in 26 starts. He was originally selected by the New York Mets in the third round of the 2004 first-year player draft, and has played in the Mets (2004-05), Marlins (2006-08) and Mariners (2008-09) organizations.