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Stinson acquired off waivers from Athletics

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Orioles claimed right-handed pitcher Josh Stinson off waivers from the Oakland Athletics on Thursday, optioning the right-hander to Triple-A Norfolk to add to their pitching depth.

"Stinson is a 25-year-old, very capable Major League pitcher who pitched well for Milwaukee last fall and again this spring," said executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette, who added that the plan was for Stinson to be a starter.

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Stinson joins a Triple-A rotation that also includes Zach Clark, Jair Jurrjens, Zach Britton and newly signed Freddy Garcia. The A's selected Stinson off waivers from the Brewers on March 29, and in 10 Spring Training games for Milwaukee, Stinson allowed four runs (two earned) and 10 hits in 12 innings, with eight walks and five strikeouts.

To clear a spot on the 40-man roster, the Orioles transferred pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada to the 60-day disabled list. Wada, who is rehabbing from Tommy John ligament replacement surgery on his left elbow, is targeting an early June return.

Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Twitter @britt_ghiroli. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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