Pirates claim Wood off waivers

The Pirates have claimed infielder Brandon Wood off waivers from the Los Angeles Angels, adding another option to their struggling left side of the infield.

The Pittsburgh Pirates are trying to fill a hole in their lineup with a player hoping to revive his career.

Pittsburgh's game against the Washington Nationals on Friday night was postponed due to rain, but the Pirates claimed infielder Brandon Wood off waivers from the Los Angeles Angels. Wood was formerly one of the game's top prospects, but has struggled mightily in the major leagues.

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle likes the fact Wood can play multiple positions, and said he will give him the opportunity to ''re-ignite the swing.''

Friday's game will be made up at 7:05 p.m. Monday on what was a common off day for both teams. Each team will move their starting pitchers up a day and stay with the same rotation.

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