Whitley was claimed off waivers by the Rays on Friday, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports. Whitley pitched in parts of two seasons with the Yankees and was underwhelming, posting a 5.02 ERA and 1.44 WHIP in 95 innings with the club in 2014-15. He underwent Tommy John surgery in May and likely won't be back until the end of next season, but the 26-year-old did put together a stellar 2.01 ERA and 0.96 WHIP with Triple-A Scranton just two years ago, so there's still some intrigue in the right-hander.
As expected, Yankees starter Chase Whitley had Tommy John surgery on Tuesday. Early reports indicate the surgery went well, and Whitley's recovery time is the standard 12-18 months, meaning he could return by the second half of the 2016 season.
Yankees pitcher Chase Whitley will undergo Tommy John surgery on his injured elbow, the team announced on Monday. CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reported on Friday that Whitley was initially diagnosed with a torn UCL ligament in his elbow, making Tommy John surgery very possible for the pitcher. Whitley went 1-2 with a 4.19 ERA and 16:5 K:BB ratio in 19 1/3 innings before being placed on the disabled list. The procedure is scheduled for Tuesday.
The diagnosis for Yankees starter Chase Whitley may have gotten worse. CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman is reporting Whitley has been initially diagnosed with a torn UCL, and Tommy John surgery is very possible. It would be a big blow to the Yankees if Whitley indeed needs the ligament replacement surgery, as he would be lost until at least the middle of next season. Whitley will likely seek a second opinion before deciding on a course of action.
The Yankees have placed pitcher Chase Whitley on the 15-day disabled list with an elbow sprain. Whitley exited his start on Thursday in the second inning and was grasping his elbow has he walked off. The team recalled right-handed reliever Jose Ramirez from Triple-A in a corresponding move, the team announced Friday.