DALLAS (92.3 The Fan) – The Cleveland Indians kick-off their three-game set against the Texas Rangers Tuesday night, and Tuesday afternoon made a roster move to add another arm to the roster.
The team called up right-handed pitcher Zach Putnam from AAA Columbus. Putnam stands 6-foot-2 and weighs 225 pounds. He was selected by the Indians in the 5th round of the 2008 Draft out of the University of Michigan.
His scouting report says he has a “high impact arm with a five pitch mix led by a fastball that sits 92-93 MPH and has touched 96 MPH, and complements it with a splitter, slider, curveball, and changeup.”
The 23-year-old was 6-3 with AAA Columbus this season in 44 games, all in relief. He also had 9 saves in 66 innings pitched. He allowed 28 earned runs, walked 23 batters and struck out 68.
In calling up Putnam, the team also designated pitcher Jason Rice for assignment. Rice was claimed off waivers from the Oakland A’s back on September 6th.
Rice was 4-5 with 4 saves and a 3.69 ERA with AAA Pawtucket. He was a player in the deal that sent INF/OF Conor Jackson to the Red Sox, with Rice ending up in Oakland.
Injured outfielder Shin-Soo Choo is with the team in Texas, but according to the club they will not be activating him, instead he will just go through a workout with the club and they will see where he stands from there.
Choo had said last week that he felt better, and he felt he would be ready to go for the Rangers series, but now one has to wonder if he will just be shut down for the final two weeks of the regular season.