Indians call up promising reliever Putnam

Indians call up promising reliever Putnam

Indians call up promising reliever Putnam
ARLINGTON -- Before Tuesday's game against the Rangers, the Indians called up reliever Zach Putnam, who had spent all season in Triple-A Columbus.

Putnam, a fifth-round pick in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft, impressed the organization with his performance in Triple-A, posting a 3.65 ERA and amassing 68 strikeouts with 23 walks in 69 innings.

"He's a guy that we like," Indians manager Manny Acta said. "We feel that he has the stuff to be an option for us next year to be in the mix. We're going to take a look at his last couple weeks and see what he can do up here. He had a pretty decent year for us in Triple-A. We feel he's got some out pitches that can help us out."

For Putnam, putting on a jersey for the first time in a Major League ballpark represented the realization of a lifelong dream.

"It's unbelievable, words can't describe it," Putnam said. "I'm so excited."

Putnam, who resides in Ann Arbor, Mich., said his mother couldn't make it to Arlington, but she will be on hand when the Indians return to Cleveland next Tuesday for a doubleheader against the White Sox.

"My dad just arrived," Putnam said. "My mom won't be able to make it this time, but she'll catch us in Cleveland when we get back there."