CLEVELAND, OH  –  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.

Year

Team

W

L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SHO

SV

SVO

IP

H

R

ER

HR

HB

BB

IBB

SO

AVG

2007

Florida Marlins

4

6

6.83

18

17

0

0

0

0

81.2

94

63

62

15

3

48

5

82

.294

2008

Florida Marlins

1

1

7.71

4

4

0

0

0

0

14.0

20

12

12

1

2

10

0

20

.333

2009

Florida Marlins

3

2

4.30

11

11

0

0

0

0

58.2

57

29

28

11

4

21

3

49

.252

2010

Florida Marlins

0

0

6.75

2

0

0

0

0

0

1.1

3

4

1

0

0

1

0

1

.375

2010

Baltimore Orioles

0

1

4.96

7

1

0

0

0

0

16.1

13

10

9

2

2

7

0

17

.228

2011

Norfolk Tides

9

13

4.43

26

26

0

0

0

0

154.1

141

83

76

23

13

40

0

108

.239

2011

Baltimore Orioles

0

0

8.00

4

2

0

0

0

0

9.0

12

9

8

4

1

8

0

7

.324

 

Minor League Totals

37

38

3.86

124

123

3

0

0

0

624.2

548

303

268

62

38

233

3

553

.235

 

Major League Totals

8

10

5.97

46

35

0

0

0

0

181.0

199

127

120

33

12

95

8

176

.281