Jul 18, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox relief pitcher Zach Putnam (57) shakes hands with catcher Tyler Flowers (21) after defeating the Houston Astros at U.S Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports
The Chicago White Sox announced a move before the start of their four-game series with the Minnesota Twins on Thursday, placing relief pitcher Zach Putman on the disabled list.
Jul 11, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Andre Rienzo (64) pitches during the sixth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
In their press release the White Sox stated:
"“Putnam, 27, is 3-2 with a 2.35 ERA (10 ER/38.1 IP), three saves and a team-leading 12 holds in 42 appearances this season, his first with the White Sox after signing as a free agent on November 27, 2013.”"
Replacing Putnam on the roster will be Andre Rienzo, who has had his good and bad moments with the White Sox this season as a starter and relief pitcher.
The release said of Rienzo:
"“Rienzo, 26, went 4-5 with a 5.87 ERA (40 ER/61.1 IP) in 14 games (11 starts) with the White Sox from April 19-July 12. He also has gone 1-2 with a 3.60 ERA (8 ER/20.0 IP) and 17 strikeouts in five games (four starts) with the Knights in 2014.”"
It will be interesting to see what happens with Rienzo back in the bullpen.
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I’m not sure he’ll improve vastly from what he previously was with the White Sox this season, but they had to move someone into the big league roster, and this is another opportunity for Rienzo.