By Nate Gotlieb
The White Sox placed relief pitcher Zach Putnam on the 15-day disabled list Thursday because of right shoulder inflammation.
The 27-year-old Putnam is having his best season of his Major League career. He is 3-2 with a 2.35 ERA and has allowed just 10 earned runs in 38.1 innings.
Putnam missed more than half of last season due to injury and said he was hoping to stay off the disabled list this year. He said the shoulder has always been healthy except for a minor injury in college.
“It still is healthy — just kind of some inflammation issues there,” Putnam said. “I think after missing as much time as I missed last year and then having the kind of work load that I’ve had, your body just kind of reacts.”
Manager Robin Ventura said the injury seems minor and indicated that it could mean more work for relief pitcher Jake Petricka, who has a 2.10 ERA in 51.1 innings.
The team also recalled right-hander Andre Rienzo from Class-AAA Charlotte. The 26-year-old Rienzo went 4-5 in 61.1 innings with a 5.87 ERA with the White Sox earlier this season. He last pitched for the team July 11.
Eaton looking to continue hot streak
White Sox center fielder Adam Eaton is hitting .395 in his last 10 games and has raised his average from .265 to .281 during that stretch. Before Thursday's game, he appeared confident the team would be able to escape its recent hitting struggles after it scored just two runs in the past two games.
“[We just need to] continue to compete one through nine,” he said. “When we’re able to do that, we’re a very tough team to be hitting wise.”
Garcia takes batting practice off Lindstrom
Injured right fielder Avisail Garcia took live batting practice off injured pitcher Matt Lindstrom Thursday and “is looking pretty normal,” Ventura said.
“You start watching him, you see how close he’s getting,” Ventura said. “He’s moving around, did some stuff in the outfield, now is getting a little more aggressive as far as sliding and doing things like that.”
Garcia hasn’t played since April 9 because of a shoulder injury. Lindstrom hasn’t pitched since May 19 because of an ankle injury.