Blue Jays claim Wilkins off waivers from White Sox

First baseman immediately optioned to Triple-A Buffalo

Blue Jays claim Wilkins off waivers from White Sox

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- The Blue Jays claimed first baseman Andy Wilkins off waivers from the White Sox on Sunday afternoon and promptly optioned him to Triple-A Buffalo.

Wilkins appeared in 17 games for Chicago last season and hit .140 (6-for-43) with two extra-base hits and two RBIs. He spent most of the 2014 campaign in Triple-A Charlotte, where he hit .293 with 30 home runs, 38 doubles and 85 RBIs.

The 26-year-old was made available because the White Sox are currently in the process of trying to clear three spots on their 40-man roster prior to Opening Day. Chicago also claimed Blue Jays right-hander Kyle Drabek off waivers earlier this week.

The Blue Jays currently have 39 players on their 40-man roster: four outfielders, four catchers, nine infielders and 21 pitchers. That number will go down when right-hander Marcus Stroman is eventually placed on the 60-day disabled list because of a torn ACL.

Toronto likely will be adding three players to the 40-man roster in the coming days. Rookies Devon Travis, Roberto Osuna and Miguel Castro if, as expected, all are named to the Opening Day roster on Tuesday.

Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, and follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.