Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/23/12

The Chicago Cubs claimed right-handed pitcher Miguel Socolovich off waivers from the Baltimore Orioles and optioned him to Triple-A Iowa.

Catcher Blake Lalli was designated for assignment to create a spot on the 40-man roster.

Socolovich, 26, was 4-0 with two saves and a 1.90 ERA in 28 relief appearances at Triple-A Norfolks. He struck out 52 hitters in 52.0 innings of work, compared to 14 walks, and limited the opposition to a .179 batting average (33-for-184). Socolovich was named an International League mid-season All-Star, having posted a 1.77 ERA (9 ER/45.2 IP) in 24 games prior to the Triple-A All-Star break.

Socolovich is 36-27 with a 3.71 ERA in 223 career games (44 starts) in the minor leagues since in January 2004 by the Red Sox. He has struck out 427 batters and issued 205 walks in 494.2 innings pitched.

Acquired by the White Sox from Boston in a three-player deal in January 2008, Socolovich was named a Southern League midseason All-Star in 2010 at Double-A Birmingham.

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