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Cubs claim pitcher Roach from Padres

PHOENIX -- The Chicago Cubs acquired right-handed pitcher Donn Roach off of waivers from the San Diego Padres, the team announced Wednesday.

Roach, 24, appeared in 16 games for San Diego mostly out of the bullpen in 2014 and produced a 4.75 ERA.

“He does a real nice job of keeping the ball on the ground,” Cubs President Theo Epstein said from the GM meetings in Arizona. “He’s a guy to add to that next tier of relievers.”

Roach was 4-6 with a 5.24 ERA for Triple-A El Paso after being sent down in June. He was a third-round pick of the Los Angeles Angels in 2010. The Cubs' 40-man roster now stands at 38.