KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Royals have claimed shortstop Pedro Ciriaco off outright waivers from the San Diego Padres, the team announced Tuesday.
Ciriaco, 27, has split this season between San Diego and Boston. The Red Sox traded him to the Padres on June 10 for a player to be named. He is batting .228 with eight stolen bases, three doubles, two triples and two homers in 51 games. He is a career .279 hitter.
Ciriaco has played all four infield positions this season, including 26 at shortstop and 10 at third base. He is coming off a 2012 season in which he hit .293 with Boston, setting career highs in nearly every offensive statistical category, including 15 doubles, 19 RBIs and 33 runs scored in 76 games.