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Friday, August 8, 2014

White Sox Injury Update: Zach Putnam, Matt Lindstrom, Adam Eaton

By on 8/08/2014 03:00:00 PM

Chicago White Sox relief pitcher Zach Putnam will be activated from the disabled list on Friday, while fellow reliever Matt Lindstrom should return within the next week, reports Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times. Scott Merkin of adds that center fielder Adam Eaton sat out on Thursday night as he recovered from a collision with the outfield wall the prior afternoon:

Putnam has been out since July 24 with shoulder inflammation, but successfully made it through a few rehab appearances with no issues. Andre Rienzo has been optioned back to Triple-A Charlotte to make room for Putnam.

Prior to the injury, Putnam had been pitching well, posting a 2.35 ERA (3.32 FIP) with three saves. Putnam will make a welcome return, as Chicago’s bullpen has been a disaster over the past week.

Lindstrom hurt a tendon in his left ankle while fielding a bunt on May 19, requiring surgery. He’s made three rehab appearances over the past week with Triple-A Charlotte.

The 34-year-old had a 3.32 ERA (4.77 FIP) with 6 saves as Chicago’s regular closer before the injury. Jake Petricka has pitched well in the closer role recently, so it’s unclear if Putnam or Lindstrom would take over for him, at least at first.

Eaton left Chicago’s game on Wednesday in the second inning after running hard into the wall while chasing a home run. He doesn’t appear to have any major injuries, other than general soreness.

Manager Robin Ventura said that he would re-evaluate Eaton before Friday night’s game against the Seattle Mariners. Leury Garcia started for Eaton in center on Thursday.

Eaton has looked like a shrewd offseason pickup for the White Sox, posting a .305/.371/.402 line with 1.9 WAR in 93 games.   

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