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Zach Putnam | Relief Pitcher | #57

Team: Chicago White Sox
Age / DOB:  (29) / 7/3/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 220
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Michigan
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 5 (0) / CLE
Contract: view contract details

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Zach Putnam (elbow) has been cleared to resume playing catch.
Putnam has been sidelined since April 25 due to inflammation in his right elbow. Now that the setup man has been cleared to resume throwing, a concrete timetable for his return should become more clear. Prior to going down injured, the 29-year-old right-hander held a strong 1.04 ERA in 8 2/3 innings. May 10 - 5:14 PM

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Zach Putnam (elbow) will have a checkup with team doctors on Wednesday.

If his elbow is showing signs of progress, the 29-year-old setup man could be cleared to resume throwing. Putnam has been on the disabled list since April 25 with right elbow inflammation.
May 9 - 4:56 PM

White Sox placed RHP Zach Putnam on the 10-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation.

Putnam needed surgery on that elbow last August after battling discomfort for much of the 2016 season, and this could bring another extended absence. The 29-year-old setup man was sporting a 1.04 ERA through 8 2/3 innings this year out of the White Sox bullpen.
Apr 25 - 4:14 PM

Zach Putnam left Saturday's game against the Indians with right elbow tenderness.

Putnam has pitched brilliantly this year (1.04 ERA in seven appearances) and would be a big loss for the White Sox's bullpen. Luckily, he's being classified as day-to-day.
Apr 22 - 10:25 PM

White Sox and RHP Zach Putnam avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.12 million contract.

It's the reliever's second year of arbitration eligibility. Putnam boasts a career 3.33 ERA and will be ready for spring training following August elbow surgery.
Jan 13 - 4:08 PM

Zach Putnam underwent surgery on Thursday to remove a bone fragment in his elbow.

The surgery will end the 2016 season for Putnam. The 29-year-old right-hander was excellent in his limited action, compiling a 2.30 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 30/11 K/BB ratio over 27 1/3 innings.
Fri, Aug 5, 2016 08:39:00 PM

Zach Putnam will see a doctor after suffering a setback with his elbow.

Putnam threw 25-30 pitches off a mound on Tuesday, but obviously his elbow didn't respond well. He could be looking at second-ending surgery to remove bone spurs.
Thu, Jul 21, 2016 05:38:00 PM

Zack Putnam (elbow) threw 25-30 pitches off a mound Tuesday with good intensity.

"If I wake up and it’s super swollen up and super stiff, it’s going to be a problem," Putnam said, somewhat ominously, after the workout. "We’ll evaluate it then." The right-hander was diagnosed last month with ulnar neuritis in his pitching elbow, a condition that will eventually require surgery. He is hoping to return to the White Sox bullpen for the stretch run and postpone the procedure until the offseason.
Tue, Jul 19, 2016 11:02:00 PM

Zach Putnam (elbow) is scheduled to throw off a mound Saturday for the first time since landing on the disabled list.

Putnam was diagnosed last month with ulnar neuritis in his right elbow -- something that will eventually require surgery -- but he's hoping to pitch out of the White Sox bullpen down the stretch. And then undergo the procedure in the offseason. Saturday's mound workout will be the first big test of that plan.
Mon, Jul 11, 2016 01:31:00 PM

Zach Putnam (elbow) played catch from 60 feet on Friday and Saturday.

He'll take the day off Sunday before playing catch again Monday. Putnam is dealing with ulnar neuritis in his right elbow but is attempting to avoid surgery.
Sun, Jul 3, 2016 01:11:00 PM

Zach Putnam (elbow) has not resigned himself to surgery yet.

Putnam is fighting through ulnar neuritis in his right elbow. An eventual surgery could be in the cards, but for the time being, the White Sox and Putnam do not feel they have reached that bridge. At the very least, he shouldn't be expected to contribute to the White Sox bullpen before the All-Star Break.
Wed, Jun 29, 2016 06:59:00 PM

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.
Fri, Jun 24, 2016 05:35:00 PM

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.
Tue, Jun 21, 2016 12:13:00 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.
Thu, Jun 9, 2016 08:50:00 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.
Wed, Jun 8, 2016 07:06:00 PM

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