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02/05/09 4:57 PM EST

Jays claim reliever Beam off waivers

Club designates infielder Adams to make room for right-hander

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays continued to add pitching depth on Thursday, when the club claimed right-hander T.J. Beam off waivers from the Pirates.

In order to clear room on its 40-man roster, Toronto designated infielder Russ Adams for assignment. Adams -- the 14th overall pick in the 2002 First-Year Player Draft -- was the first player J.P. Ricciardi selected after taking over as the Blue Jays' general manager seven seasons ago.

Toronto has 10 days to either trade, release or reassign Adams, who has split time between the infield and outfield in the Minor Leagues over the past two seasons. After serving as the Jays' regular shortstop as a rookie in 2005, the 28-year-old Adams has struggled to find a place on Toronto's roster.

Beam, 28, appeared in 32 games as a reliever for the Pirates last season. The right-hander went 2-2 with a 4.48 ERA, 24 strikeouts and 20 walks across 45 2/3 innings. In 52 Major League games, including 20 with the Yankees in 2006, Beam has gone 4-2 with a 5.37 ERA. He owns a 24-19 record with a 2.75 ERA in his Minor League career.

Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.