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.