Indians Claim RHP Rick Vandenhurk off of Waivers

The Cleveland Indians today announced the club has claimed RHP Rick Vandenhurk off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays.  He will report to Major League camp in the coming days. To make room on the Tribe’s 40-man roster LHP Kelvin De La Cruz has been designated for assignment.

VandenHurk, 26, has pitched in parts of five major league seasons with Florida (2007-10) and Baltimore (2010-11), going 8-10 with a 5.97 ERA (120 ER/181.0 IP) in 46 games/35 starts. A native of the Netherlands, VandenHurk spent most of 2011 with Triple-A Norfolk (Baltimore), going 9-13, 4.43 (76 ER/154.1 IP) over 26 games/starts for the Tides, and also pitched in 4 games as a September call-up for the Orioles.

He was signed to a Major League contract by Toronto on Feb. 22 after being granted his unconditional release from Baltimore earlier in the month. The 6-foot-5, 215-pound right-hander has a career minor league record of 37-38 with a 3.86 ERA (268 ER/624.2 IP) in 124 games/123 starts. VanderHurk came to the United States as a catcher at the age of 16 and was signed by Florida as a pitcher in November 2002. He will wear #25.

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  • BisonDeleSightings

    He’ll bring the much-needed Dutch influence to the clubhouse.

  • Lyon25

    not to mention the ratings influx STO will have there as well

  • Harv 21

    didn’t they just buy Kelvin De La Cruz back after releasing or trading him a few months ago? Now he has like zero chance to make another team’s roster. They are definitely messing with him.  He must have mocked Paul Dolan’s tie last year.

  • Garry_Owen

    Finally.  That final, missing piece of the puzzle.

  • Hey, be patient with the Indians!  They told you they are a small-market team and can’t make major signings.  BE PATIENT.  I think they have a real chance to go .500 this year.

  • Garry_Owen

    Apples and monorails.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Indians or Browns, Browns or Indians…I’m so confused!

  • Robert Curry

    The Indians claim a minor league RHP (Vandenhurk) off waivers, with a average won-lost record and a ERA near 6.00?????  Toronto waived him because he was no good.  D’oh!!!!  This makes no sense, whatsoever!  C’mon Tribe Management, get a clue.  🙁