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Zach Putnam | Relief Pitcher | #57

Team: Chicago White Sox
Age / DOB:  (28) / 7/3/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 220
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Michigan
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 5 (0) / CLE
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Zach Putnam is mulling surgery to repair ulnar neuritis in his right elbow.
Putnam dealt with the elbow issue for a while before finally being put on the disabled list earlier this week. It's unclear whether surgery would knock him out for the season, but his loss would be a big blow to the White Sox' bullpen. Putnam boasts a 2.82 ERA and has struck out over a batter per inning since the beginning of 2014. Jun 24 - 5:35 PM

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White Sox placed RHP Zach Putnam on the 15-day disabled list with ulnar neuritis in his right elbow.

Putnam has been dealing with an elbow issue for a while and will now get some extended rest. The White Sox have called up Chris Beck to take his place in the bullpen.
Jun 21 - 12:13 PM

Zach Putnam (elbow) threw a scoreless inning of relief on Wednesday against the Nationals.

Putnam hadn't pitched in a week due to mild elbow soreness. He took over for James Shields in the top of the third, after Shields had been lit up for seven earned runs over two-plus innings in his White Sox debut. Putnam boasts a 2.25 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, and 25/6 K/BB ratio in 24 innings this season for Chicago.
Jun 9 - 8:50 AM

White Sox manager Robin Ventura said that Zach Putnam (elbow) will be available to pitch against the Nationals on Wednesday.

Putnam was unavailable for Tuesday's game, but in a pleasant turn of events, it appears that the White Sox do not view his elbow soreness as something that could cause long-term complications. He has been on his game over 23 innings in 2016, pitching to a 2.35 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 25/6 K/BB ratio across 23 innings. Putnam last pitched on June 1.
Jun 8 - 7:06 PM

White Sox manager Robin Ventura said Zach Putnam was unavailable Tuesday due to elbow soreness.

There's no talk yet of an MRI exam, but that's usually the course of action with anything elbow-related. Putnam has a sharp 2.35 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, and 25/6 K/BB ratio in 23 innings this season, but his last appearance was June 1. Losing him for even longer would be a big blow for the White Sox bullpen.
Jun 8 - 12:36 AM

Zach Putnam is dealing with a mild hamstring strain.

Putnam tweaked his hamstring while stretching on Friday, but he insists that it's "nothing serious." It sounds like the reliever should be back in action shortly.
Mar 13 - 12:33 PM

Zach Putnam will be sidelined for a few days with a lower body injury.

According to beat writer Scott Merkin, Putnam "tweaked something that wasn't his shoulder or elbow" on Friday. That's a pretty vague diagnosis but at least Putnam's arm is fine. Consider him day-to-day.
Mar 12 - 7:10 PM

White Sox and RHP Zach Putnam avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $975,000 contract.

Putnam qualified for arbitration for the first time this winter as a Super 2 player. He's earned the raise after putting up a 2.96 ERA with 110 strikeouts over 103 1/3 relief frames across the last two seasons.
Jan 17 - 10:21 AM

White Sox activated RHP Zach Putnam from the 15-day disabled list.

Putnam has missed the last two weeks of action with a right groin strain, but he's ready to go now. He's been one of the White Sox' best relievers this season, posting a 2.93 ERA with 54 strikeouts over 40 innings.
Fri, Sep 11, 2015 02:08:00 PM

White Sox placed RHP Zach Putnam on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 27, with a right groin strain.

Putnam tweaked his groin when warming up in the bullpen last week. He should be ready to rejoin the bullpen in mid-September.
Sat, Aug 29, 2015 02:42:00 PM

Zach Putnam (groin) is available to pitch Tuesday.

He had been unavailable for a few days after tweaking his right groin while warming up in the bullpen last Friday. Putnam boasts a 2.93 ERA with 54 strikeouts over 40 innings for the White Sox this season.
Tue, Aug 25, 2015 10:01:00 PM

Zach Putnam will be unavailable for the third straight game Monday due to a sore leg.

"We need to stay away from him (Monday)," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "We don't think it's anything serious." Putnam has had a fine season while helping to set up for David Robertson, posting a 2.93 ERA with 54 strikeouts over 40 innings.
Mon, Aug 24, 2015 07:12:00 PM

Zach Putnam was sidelined Wednesday with a stomach ailment.

Putnam was kept out of Wednesday's Cactus League game against the Dodgers as a result. It's been a rough start to spring for the 27-year-old, who has also nursed back tightness in the early days of camp. The stomach issue shouldn't keep him out long, so he's day to day for now.
Wed, Mar 4, 2015 06:09:00 PM

Zach Putnam has been nursing some back tightness.

The reliever has had his back wrapped the last couple days, but it's a minor issue. Putnam will help set up for closer David Robertson in 2015 after holding a 1.98 ERA across 49 relief appearances last season.
Sun, Mar 1, 2015 10:58:00 AM

Zach Putnam was called on to close out the Royals Tuesday, pitching a scoreless ninth inning to earn the save.

A day after Jake Petricka took his fourth blown save, it was Putnam, with Petricka backing him up, who was brought in for the save chance. Putnam responded by inducing three ground ball outs to end the game. Given that Petricka was throwing in the bullpen it's fair to wonder how manager Robin Ventura views the ninth inning currently. Putnam is the less sexy player from a numbers standpoint -- he has just 44 strikeouts in 54 innings of work this season -- but his 2.00 ERA and 1.07 WHIP suggest he's capable of getting the job done if asked. Owners looking for saves should invest in both relievers until some clarity is gained.
Wed, Sep 17, 2014 12:53:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Alex Avila
2Dioner Navarro
1B1Jose Abreu
2B1Brett Lawrie
SS1Tyler Saladino
3B1Todd Frazier
LF1Melky Cabrera
2J.B. Shuck
CF1Austin Jackson
RF1Adam Eaton
DH1Avisail Garcia
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Chris Sale
2Jose Quintana
3James Shields
4Carlos Rodon
5Miguel Gonzalez
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1David Robertson
2Nate Jones
3Zach Duke
4Zach Putnam
5Matt Albers
6Jake Petricka
7Dan Jennings
8Daniel Webb
9Matt Purke
10Michael Ynoa
11Chris Beck