Not long ago, it looked like Whelan would never overcome his control problems and make the major leagues. But he's been a revelation so far in Triple-A, walking just six in 27 innings while maintaining roughly the same K-rate.
2011 stats: 27 ip, 1.67 ERA, 17 h, 6 bb, 30 k
Career stats (all in the minors): 342.1 ip, 3.18 ERA, 209 h, 198 bb, 429 k
As you can see, he's very difficult to hit and strikes out a lot of batters, but puts too many on base via the walk. His funky delivery (he's a converted catcher) is partly responsible for both the good and the bad.
No word yet on who's being sent down or who's being taken off the 40-man roster.
PS: No Russ Martin again tonight.
PPS: It's definite for Joba. Dr. James Andrews will perform TJS on him next week.