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Indians Pick Up Henderson, Bixler DFAed

March 17, 2010
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The Cleveland Indians today announced that they have claimed infielder Anderson Hernandez off of outright waivers from the New York Mets. To allow room for Hernandez on the 40-man roster, infielder Brian Bixler was designated for assignment.

Hernandez, 27, spent all but one game last year with the New York Mets and Washington Nationals. He hit a combined .251 (92-366) in 123 games with 15 2B, 4 3B, 3HR, 37RBI and 39R. He began the season on the 15-Day Disabled List and appeared in one game with Triple-A Syracuse before spending the next 77 games with the Nationals, where he hit .251 (58-231) and started in 57 games all at 2B. Hernandez was traded to the Mets on Aug. 6 where he proceeded to hit .303 (53-175) with 20 runs scored, 10 2B, 2 3B, 3HR and 18RBI in 58 games to close out the season.

The Santo Domingo, DR native owns a career Major League batting average of .245 (131-534) with 20 2B, 5 3B, 4HR and 57RBI in 186 games over a span of five seasons with the Mets and Nationals. He was originally signed by the Detroit Tigers as a non-drafted free agent in 2001. Anderson will report to Goodyear, AZ in the coming days and will wear #35.

Bixler was acquired from the Pittsburgh Pirates on January 18th after splitting the 2009 season with the Pirates and Triple-A Indianapolis. He has hit .250 (4-16) in 11 games with 1RBI and 2R this spring. The 40-man roster now stands at 39 players.

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