Blue Jays claim Anderson off waivers from White Sox

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- The Blue Jays added some much needed depth at first base by claiming Lars Anderson off waivers from the White Sox on Monday.

Anderson spent eight games with the Red Sox last season, and a total of 30 in his career, but the majority of his work has come in the Minor Leagues, where he is a career .272 hitter with 76 homers and 415 RBIs.

Toronto had a void at first base following the news earlier this spring that prospect David Cooper is expected to miss a substantial amount of time with a back injury.

Surgery is a possibility for Cooper, and while there is no timetable for his return, manager John Gibbons recently labeled the condition as "serious." It's possible that Cooper will be unable to make an appearance at any point this season.

To make room on the 40-man roster for Anderson, the Blue Jays placed right-hander Kyle Drabek on the 60-day disabled list. Drabek, who is coming off Tommy John surgery, is out until at least the All-Star break.