Astros Claim Matt Downs

The Astros claimed infielder Matt Downs off waivers from the Giants, tweets Alyson Footer.  Downs has been assigned to the team's Triple A affiliate.  He was designated for assignment on Monday to clear a spot for Cody Ross.

Downs, 26, struggled in the bigs over 148 career plate appearances in 2009-10.  He played second base in the Majors, but has minor league experience at shortstop, third base, and the outfielder corners as well.  This year marked his third Triple A stint; his power slipped as he posted a .254/.348/.416 line in a half-season.  Downs was still considered a prospect heading into the 2009 season, when Baseball America ranked him 24th on their Giants list and published praise from GM Brian Sabean.

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