Outfielder Alex Sanchez was claimed off waivers by the San Francisco Giants on Thursday from the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
Sanchez, the first player suspended for failing a test under major league baseball's new steroids policy, was designated for assignment by the Devil Rays on June 13. He is expected to add depth to the Giants' bench and gives the club some much-needed speed, a talented bunter and left-handed bat.
San Francisco manager Felipe Alou said he isn't worried about Sanchez's positive drug test.
"It doesn't concern me, because he wasn't the last," Alou said. "He has plenty of company. The fact that he's clean now puts him in big company, too. ... It's not like he murdered somebody or stole Mona Lisa."
Sanchez is scheduled to join his new team Friday in Oakland when the club begins a three-game interleague series against the Athletics.
"We saw a guy out there available who can hit and run," Alou said. "He has very good tools. ... We're giving a guy a chance to play baseball who has been good at times."
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