White Sox pitcher Zach Putnam returns from DL


Jul 12, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; Chicago White Sox relief pitcher Zach Putnam (57) pitches during the sixth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago White Sox made two roster moves on Friday with Zach Putnam retiring to the MLB roster after a stint on the DL, and optioning relief pitcher Andre Rienzo to Triple-A Charlotte.

In a press release by the White Sox, it said of Putnam:

"“Putnam has been on the disabled list since July 24 with right shoulder inflammation. Putnam is 3-2 with a 2.35 ERA (10 ER/38.1 IP), three saves, 32 strikeouts and a team-leading 12 holds in 33 appearances this season.”"

For the White Sox this season, Rienzo was 4-5 overall, with a 6.82 ERA in 18 games (11 starts) in 64.2 innings pitched.

Rienzo has a WHIP of 1.778 this season with the White Sox.

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In his last outing on Aug. 7 at Seattle, Rienzo pitched 0.1 innings, allowing two earned runs on three hits and a walk.

As for Putnam … I would like to see him back as the closer for the White Sox, just to see what he can accomplish in that role. This season Putnam has three saves in four opportunities.

With the White Sox pitching struggling the way it has this week and this season, I don’t know how much of a difference Putnam will make, but the bullpen is better than it was yesterday so that is a start.