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Friday, July 25, 2014

White Sox Injury Update: Zach Putnam placed on DL

By on 7/25/2014 05:00:00 AM

Chicago White Sox reliever Zach Putnam has been placed on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation. According to Patrick Donnelly of, Andre Rienzo will take Putnam's place on the roster. Donnelly quoted manager Robin Ventura, who suggested that Putnam's injury was minor but the team didn't want to risk him taking the mound at less than full health:
"It would've been really thin tonight to go out there and you're staying away from guys," Ventura said. "You're trying to get him healthy and make sure when they go back out there, they're 100 percent or as close to 100 percent as they can be."
Donnelly notes that Putnam took the loss on Wednesday when he gave up an unearned run in the ninth inning. The left-hander has a 2.35 ERA and 1.20 WHIP this season, his fourth in the big leagues but first with more than a handful of innings pitched.

The move opens the door for Jake Petricka to get the majority of saves in Chicago, as the two have been sharing the role. Since Ronald Belisario lost the job at the end of June, Putnam and Petricka have three saves each, with Ventura playing the matchups as Petricka is a right-hander. Matt Lindstrom may return to the mix soon, as he is almost ready for a rehab assignment, so this may be the best time for Petricka to seize the job outright before his competition increases.

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