From the Wire … Indians Claim Robert Whitenack Off Waivers from the Cubs

According to multiple reports, the Indians claimed RHP Robert Whitenack off waivers from the Cubs on Wednesday. The Cubs designated Whitenack for assignment on Monday to make room on the 40-man roster for Alberto Gonzalez.

The Cubs selected Robert Whitenack in the eighth round of the 2008 draft. Whitenack was added to the 40-man roster in the off-season to protect him from the Rule 5 Draft. Whitenack opened a lot of eyes in 2010 and 2011 before Tommy John surgery ended his 2011 campaign. Whitenack appeared to be on track to make his big league debut that season until the injury occurred.

Robert Whitenack struggled in the spring, his first in big league camp, but has a very good arm and a lot of upside.

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  • redlarczykg

    Another roster management blunder. Unless the Cubs know Whitenack has little chance of comming back from his injury, why would you keep Brooks Raley on the roster, who does not appear to have real major league stuff?

    • 07GreyDigger

      Raley would have been claimed simply because he’s left-handed. No real major league stuff or not, that’s valuable. See Felix Heredia. Made a career about of being left-handed and not having major league stuff.

  • Aaron

    With more promising and higher upside arms coming up in the system, I don’t think it’s a huge loss. This probably means McNutt will almost certainly be transitioned to a starting role.

    With Vizcaino, Cabrera, Johnson, Underwood, Maples, Blackburn, Wells, Peralta, Arias, etc. coming up, it was a risk they had to make… was unnecessary, but they still had to try. If he’s pitching 87-88 mph as reported, then there’s almost no chance he makes it

    • Ray Ray

      I don’t think this will have anything to do with McNutt’s future role. It is too bad they lost Whitenack for a journeyman like Alberto Gonzales. I would have liked to see how Whitenack bounced back this year since he would have been in year 2 post surgery.

  • Vivid_Reality

    Chances are we have lost nothing but if the situation arises where Whitenack returns to form and develops into a stable major leaguer, it will sting. All for a replacement level infielder, should have just called up Watkins. Beliveau and Whitenack both gone for a system devoid of pitching, not exactly inspiring.