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02/05/09 6:12 PM EST

Bucs lose Beam on waiver claim

Relief pitcher nabbed by Blue Jays on Thursday

PITTSBURGH -- The Pirates have lost right-hander T.J. Beam to the Blue Jays. Days after Beam was designated for assignment in order to clear a spot on the Pirates' 40-man roster for Eric Hinske, Toronto claimed the 28-year-old right-hander off waivers.

The Pirates had been hopeful that Beam would clear waivers and could therefore have been assigned to Triple-A Indianapolis. Beam was seen as a legitimate candidate to compete for one of the team's final bullpen spots this spring.

Beam split 2008 between Indianapolis and Pittsburgh. In 32 relief appearances for the Pirates, Beam went 2-2 with a 4.14 ERA and one save. He walked 20 and struck out 24

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