Nationals Claim LHP Matt Thornton Off Waivers

iStockphoto(WASHINGTON) -- The Washington Nationals claimed left-handed reliever Matt Thornton off waivers from the New York Yankees on Tuesday.

In 46 games with the Bronx Bombers this season, Thornton compiled a record of 0-3 with a 2.55 ERA. He has struck out 20 batters and walked just six in 24 2-3 innings of work.

During his 11-year career with the Seattle Mariners, Chicago White Sox, Boston Red Sox and Yankees, Thornton is 32-45 with 23 saves and a 3.49 ERA. His career batting average against left-handed batters is .233.

The Yankees promoted left-handed pitcher Rich Hill from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to take Thornton's roster spot.

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