DENVER – The Colorado Rockies announced today that the club has optioned right-handed pitcher Zach Putman to Triple-A Colorado Springs. Putnam was recalled prior to today’s doubleheader as the 26th-man on the roster for the two games.
Putnam, 24, made his first appearance with the Rockies today, going 1.0 inning allowing just one hit. The Rochester, MI began the season at Triple-A Colorado Springs where he went 1-0 with a 1.23 ERA (7.1 ip, 1 er), three walks, 11 strikeouts and three saves in five relief outings for the Sky Sox. Putnam was acquired by the Rockies from Cleveland in exchange for right-handed pitcher Kevin Slowey on January 20, 2012. The 6-foot-2 right-hander finished the 2011 season in the Majors with Cleveland, appearing in eight games and going 1-1 with a 6.14 ERA (7.1 ip, 5 er), two walks and nine strikeouts. Putnam has a 17-8 record with a 3.75 ERA (242.1 ip, 101 er) in 127 career Minor League games/15 starts. He owns an 8.62 strikeouts per 9.0 innings pitched ratio (232 so) and a 3.31 strikeout per walk ratio (232 so, 70 bb) in his Minor League career.
The Rockies currently have 39 players on the 40-man roster, including three players on the disabled list.