The Indians claimed pitcher Robert Whitenack off waivers from the Cubs, after Chicago designated him for assignment on Monday. They then optioned him to Double-A Akron.
Whitenack has gone 19-18 with a 4.13 ERA in 69 games, with 65 starts, in four minor league seasons since being selected by the Cubs in the eighth round of the 2009 MLB Draft.
After undergoing Tommy John ligament transplant surgery in 2011, Whitenack made 15 starts for High-A Daytona last season.
To make room for Whitenack on the Indians 40-man roster, reliever Frank Herrmann has been transferred to the 60-day disabled list.
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