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Because Whitley's surgery took place in May, he would not be able to start the season on the Rays' roster. If he makes it through the offseason on the Rays' 40-man roster, he would likely begin the season on the 60-day disabled list, which frees up a spot on the 40-man roster.
Once healthy, Whitley would add to the Rays' starting-pitching depth. He is 5-5 with a 5.02 ERA in 28 Major League appearances. He has a 2.89 ERA in 196 1/3 career innings at the Triple-A level.
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.