Cubs claim RHP Putnam from Rockies

November, 2, 2012
11/02/12
4:21
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Padilla By Doug Padilla
ESPNChicago.com
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CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs filled one of their 40-man roster vacancies Friday when they claimed pitcher Zach Putnam off waivers from the Colorado Rockies.

Putnum, a University of Michigan alum, was a former fifth-round draft pick by the Cleveland Indians in 2008 and appeared in 10 major league games for the Indians and the Rockies over the past two seasons.

The 25-year-old right-hander has been used exclusively in relief at the Triple-A level the past two seasons, posting a 4.15 ERA and 12 saves at Colorado Springs last season. In 2011, he had a 3.65 ERA with nine saves at Columbus.

The Cubs freed up 10 spots on the 40-man roster last week. Pitcher Chris Volstad and catcher Anthony Recker were claimed by other clubs, while eight other players were outrighted to Triple-A. Right-hander Manny Corpas, one of the players outrighted, elected to become a free agent.

Doug Padilla

Chicago White Sox beat reporter
Doug joined ESPN Chicago in July 2010 and covers the Chicago White Sox for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN Radio 1000.

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