Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Putz will work out for Cubs, others
By Bruce Levine
Rehabbing right-handed pitcher J.J. Putz will throw in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Wednesday for a number of teams, including the Chicago Cubs.
Putz will throw again Friday, according to a Cubs source.
Agent Craig Landis said Putz will be shut down after that until early January.
Putz also is seriously being considered by the Chicago White Sox.
Upwards of 12 teams will have looked at Putz, who ideally could be a primary set-up man or a closer if he's able to become 100 percent healthy again. Putz, who was one of the top relievers in the majors with the Seattle Mariners before being traded to the New York Mets last year, is recovering from surgery in his pitching elbow to remove bone chips.
The White Sox have used Matt Thornton, a former teammate of Putz in Seattle, to try to recruit him. Paul Konerko, also a Landis client, has talked to Putz at a charity event.
Bruce Levine covers baseball for ESPNChicago.com.