Rick Hahn began his briefing to the media on Monday with two announcements: First, left-hander Carlos Rodon will make his season debut Wednesday against the New York Yankees.
And right-hander Zach Putnam underwent Tommy John surgery last week and will miss the remainder of the season.
The 29-year-old Putnam was placed on the 10-day disabled list April 25 with right elbow inflammation, but his elbow issues began before that. Last June, Putnam landed on the disabled list with ulnar neuritis in his right elbow and later had surgery to remove bone chips from his elbow in August (Putnam was first diagnosed with a bone spur in his elbow in 2013 while with the Chicago Cubs).
“When they removed the chips, the ligament was not in great shape but Zach and his doctors thought it was worthwhile for him to try to fight back and pitch through it, which obviously he was able to do for a short period of time but ultimately the ligament gave out,” Hahn said. “Zach deserves a world of credit for doing everything he could the last two years to fight his way back to contribute in the bullpen. Unfortunately it didn’t work out for him.”
Putnam’s Tommy John surgery was performed by Dr. James Andrews and carries a 12-18 month recovery process, which on the more extreme end could rule him out for the entire 2018 season, too.
This latest setback is another tough break for Putnam, who was outstanding in limited action over the last two seasons, posting a 2.00 ERA with 39 strikeouts, 12 walks and two home runs allowed in 36 innings out of the White Sox bullpen.
As for Rodon, Hahn wouldn’t tip his hand as to what move will be made to return the 2014 first-round pick to the major league roster. Rodon threw at least 90 pitches in his last three minor league rehab starts and worked in extended spring training before that, so he won’t face any restrictions when he takes the mound against the Yankees on Wednesday.
“He’s starting his season now,” Hahn said. “He had to alter his training regimen and get himself back on track and we have him out there without restrictions with the same expectations we had for him at the end of last season. He continues to be an important part of our future.”
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School: St. Patrick
Head coach: Adam Guerra
Assistant Coaches: Steve Eifrid, Russ Lucas, Matt O'Brien, Pat Gamboney, Mike Fabrizio, Dan Delgado, PJ Whalen
How they fared in 2016: 4-5 (2-5 East Suburban Catholic Conference), failed to qualify for the 2016 IHSA state playoffs.
2017 Regular Season Schedule:
Aug. 26 – vs St. Rita @ Soldier Field
Sept. 1 – @ Glenbrook South
Sept. 8 – @ Joliet Catholic
Sept. 16 - vs Marian Catholic @ Triton College
Sept. 23 - vs Notre Dame @ Triton College
Sept. 29 – @ Marist
Oct. 6 - @ St. Viator
Oct. 14 - vs Carmel @ Triton College
Oct. 20- @ Marian Central Catholic
Biggest storyline: Can the Shamrocks reload under first year head coach Adan Guerra?
Names to watch this season: Senior RB Joey Solak Senior WR/DB Joey Lombardi
Biggest holes to fill: The Shamrocks will look to reload this summer in the offensive skills department and in particular at quarterback with the graduation loss of QB Anthony Mazzenga from a season ago.
EDGY's Early Take: New head coach Adam Guerra takes over a Shamrocks roster that welcomes back 9 returning starters (5 offense 4 defense) and a very good underclassmen group. Look for St. Pats to focus on being a bit more consistent this fall after getting off to a 4-0 start in 2016, then only to lose it's last 5 games of the season.