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On mend, Putnam eyes shutdown middle-relief role

The current White Sox bullpen alignment doesn't feature Zach Putnam in the closer's role, although he pitched the ninth successfully during parts of a 2014 breakout campaign. But anyone who watched the most recent postseason, specifically Andrew Miller and the American League champion Indians, understands the last three outs aren't always the tensest or even the most crucial for...
January 04, 2017

Did Zach Putnam “Deserve to Lose” with His Splitter?

Zach Putnam threw 20 pitches on Monday night, and 15 of them were splitters. Many were balls. The White Sox reliever walked all three batters he faced in the ninth inning of a tie game at Fenway Park. Dennis Eckersley, doing color on the Red Sox TV broadcast wasn’t impressed. In his opinion, Putnam “deserves to lose” because he was throwing so many splitters. Results aside...
Via Fangraphs
June 22, 2016  |  Discuss

White Sox agree to 1-year deals with Garcia, Putnam

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago White Sox have agreed to one-year contracts with outfielder Avisail Garcia and reliever Zach Putnam, avoiding arbitration. Garcia is due $2.1 million and Putnam $975,000 next season. The agreements on Friday leave the White Sox with no remaining arbitration-eligible players. The 24-year-old Garcia batted .257 with 13 home runs, 59 RBIs and 66 runs last...
Via Associated Press
January 15, 2016  |  Discuss

White Sox reinstate reliever Putnam off disabled list

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago White Sox have reinstated right-handed reliever Zach Putnam from the 15-day disabled list before Friday's game against the Minnesota Twins. The 28-year-old Putnam was placed on the DL on Aug. 29 with a strained right groin. Putnam is 3-3 with a 3.07 ERA in 41 appearances.
Via Associated Press
September 11, 2015  |  Discuss

White Sox put Putnam on 15-day DL, reinstate Webb

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago White Sox placed right-hander Zach Putnam on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right groin on Saturday and reinstated RHP Daniel Webb following a rehab assignment with Triple-A Charlotte. The move for Putnam was retroactive to Aug. 27. Putnam is 3-3 with no saves and a 3.07 ERA in 41 games this season. He last pitched Aug. 26 against Boston, throwing...
Via Associated Press
August 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Sunday Notes: Putnam’s Odd Mix, Spin Rates, Mariners, more

Zach Putnam has thrown 61.4% splitters and 24.7% cutters so far this season. If you think that’s unique, you’re right. No other MLB pitcher approximates that ratio. The White Sox reliever is one of only five pitchers (minimum 30 innings) who utilize each of the two offerings at least 10% of the time. Alfredo Simon – 35% splitters and 14.6% cutters – comes closest to Putnam’s...
Via Fangraphs
August 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Good News for White Sox Bullpen

Zach Putnam has been activated from the disabled list (DL) today.  Prior to hitting the DL, Putnam boasted a 2.35 ERA and a 1.20 Walks/Hits per Inning Pitched (WHIP) over 38.1 innings. Putnam’s 7.51 K/9 ratio is second in the bullpen to only Javy Guerra (8.49 K/9). Anyone who follows the Sox knows that we could use all the bullpen help we can get. #WhiteSox returned Zach Putnam...
Via Sports Mockery
August 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Putnam Back from DL, Rienzo Down

A bit of news on Friday morning that should help out the White Sox’ bullpen, which has not been able to get anybody out of late; Zach Putnam (shoulder inflammation) has been activated from the 15-day disabled list and added to the active roster. To make room, the club has sent Andre Rienzo back to Triple-A Charlotte. Rienzo, a 26 year old Brazilian who has made 11 starts and seven...
Via Grab Some Bench
August 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Closer’s Role Gets More Complex as Putnam Heads to Disabled List

The injury bug hasn’t been kind to the Chicago White Sox this season, as players have hit the disabled list right and left. This afternoon, we were met with the news that yet another important member of the club will spend some time sidelined, as Zach Putnam was placed on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation. Andre Rienzo was recalled from AAA Charlotte to...
Via Grab Some Bench
July 24, 2014  |  Discuss

White Sox DFA Veal, Promote Putnam ☆

In an exciting yet understandable move, the White Sox designated lefty reliever Donnie Veal for assignment and purchased the contract of righty Zach Putnam from AAA Charlotte. The move is surprising because it leaves veteran Scott Downs as the only southpaw currently in the team’s bullpen. Downs, who’s been about as reliable as they come over the past decade, hasn’t been able...
Via Grab Some Bench
April 17, 2014  |  Discuss

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