De La Rosa clears waivers, heads to Triple-A Durham

De La Rosa clears waivers, heads to Triple-A Durham

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Dane De La Rosa has cleared waivers and has been outrighted to Triple-A Durham. The right-hander will attend Major League Spring Training.

De La Rosa's addition brings the total number of players at the Rays' camp this spring to 65, which is the largest number of players the Rays have had in camp since 2003 when 73 trained in St. Petersburg.

De La Rosa, 30, had been on the 40-man roster until last week when he was removed in order to make room for Luke Scott, who re-signed with the team.

De La Rosa spent most of the 2012 season as the closer for Durham, but he had two stints with the Rays, posting a 12.60 ERA in five appearances.

While at Durham, De La Rosa made a team-high 54 appearances out of the bullpen for the Bulls, posting an 0-4 record with a team-high 20 saves and a 2.79 ERA.

The 6-foot-7, 220-pound De La Rosa lead all International League relievers (minimum of 50 innings pitched) with a .158 opposing average. He also ranked second in the league among relievers with 11.6 strikeouts per nine innings.

Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.