Indians claim Whitenack off waivers
The Cleveland Indians today have claimed right-handed pitcher Robert Whitenack off of waivers from the Chicago Cubs and optioned him to Double-A Akron. To make room on the 40-man roster the Indians have moved right-handed pitcher Frank Herrmann from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.
Whitenack, 24, was designated for assignment on Monday by the Cubs. In four minor league seasons he has compiled a 19-18 record with a 4.13 ERA. In 69 games (65 starts) he has pitched 309.1 innings and allowed 313 hits, 101 walks and has 202 strikeouts.
Whitenack was originally selected in the 8th round of the 2009 June draft by the Cubs out of SUNY Old Westbury. After undergoing Tommy John ligament transplant surgery in June of 2011, the Queens, NY native returned last season to make 15 starts for High-A Daytona and went 1-6 with a 5.96 ERA (51.1 IP, 70 H, 27 BB, 31 K).
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