Sun, 27 Jul 2014 11:34:47 -0700
Updating a previous report, Chicago White Sox RP Matt Lindstrom (ankle) is expected to throw a simulated game Tuesday, July 29, in Detroit.
Fantasy Tip: This is expected to be the final step before he begins a minor league rehab assignment. Lindstrom is expected to regain closing duties for the White Sox once he is activated from the disabled list. He is worth stashing away on your bench if you can afford the roster spot. For now, RPs Zach Putnam and Jake Petricka are sharing closing duties on the South Side and should be owned in AL-only formats.
Sat, 26 Jul 2014 18:06:45 -0700
Chicago White Sox RP Zach Putnam (shoulder) said he does not think he will need all 15 days to recover from his shoulder injury.
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:15:11 -0700
Chicago White Sox RP Zach Putnam (shoulder) has an issue around the middle of his right (throwing) shoulder, near the joint. He felt it in the last few outings and was hoping rest over the All-Star break would help it heal.
Fantasy Tip: Obviously, since he's now on the DL, it hasn't. Jake Petricka is the fantasy pickup as he is in the lead for saves at the moment. However, he may cede those duties if Matt Lindstrom (ankle) proves healthy in the next few weeks.
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:18:21 -0700
Chicago White Sox RP Zach Putnam (shoulder) was placed on the disabled list Thursday, July 24, with right shoulder inflammation. In a corresponding move, RP Andre Rienzo was recalled from Triple-A Charlotte.
Fantasy Tip: Putnam was getting looks in the ninth inning, so with him out of the committee, Jake Petricka should see more opportunities. Javy Guerra and Daniel Webb could also get an occasional chance. Matt Lindstrom should take over closing duties, when he returns from his ankle injury. However, Perticka is an immediate add, with Guerra and Webb more speculative additions, for those chasing saves.
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 05:27:49 -0700
Chicago White Sox RP Jake Petricka recorded his fourth save Monday, July 21.
Fantasy Tip: It was his first save in two weeks as the team has used a true committee with him and Zach Putnam. Petricka and Putnam should be owned in AL-only leagues and some mixed leagues.
Sun, 20 Jul 2014 10:33:34 -0700
Chicago White Sox RPs Zach Putnam and Jake Petricka are currently the favorites to work in the ninth inning with a lead, according to manager Robin Ventura.
Fantasy Tip: Both relievers should be picked up from the waiver wire in AL-only leagues if you're desperate for saves. However, they are expected to lose whatever value they have once Matt Lindstrom returns from his ankle injury.
Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:18:47 -0700
Chicago White Sox RP Matt Lindstrom (ankle) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session consisting of around 25 to 35 pitches Saturday, July 12, and he's expected to use all of his offerings.
Fantasy Tip: The White Sox have been laboring through the ninth inning in a committee approach headed by Zach Putnam. If you are in the market for saves at midseason, pick up and stash Lindstrom now. He could easily take over the ninth-inning duties by himself if he's completely healthy in a few weeks.
Sat, 28 Jun 2014 14:28:40 -0700
Chicago White Sox RP Zach Putnam recorded the final four outs for his first save Saturday, June 28.
Fri, 27 Jun 2014 20:49:26 -0700
Chicago White Sox RP Ronald Belisario will no longer be the team's closer, according to manager Robin Ventura. RP Jake Petricka received the save Friday, June 27, and is an option to close. Ventura has not decided who will fill the role at this point.
Fantasy Tip: Petricka likely will be in the mix since he got the chance Friday. Zach Putnam and Javy Guerra could also receive save chances in the upcoming weeks. Matt Lindstrom (ankle) could also be back in a few weeks and take over the role. Owners could consider adding one of them at this point but could also wait to see if Ventura names a closer.
Tue, 24 Jun 2014 19:28:42 -0700
Chicago White Sox CL Ronald Belisario is still the team's closer, according to manager Robin Ventura. "You do have the ability to change it any time you want, but right now I would say, if we're winning tonight, he's going back out there," Ventura said Tuesday, June 24. "That's just the way it is."
Fantasy Tip: Ventura is standing by his closer for now, but Belisario owns an ugly 5.50 ERA so a change could be coming sooner rather than later. If you are desperate for saves, Javy Guerra and Zach Putnam are the two players to consider stashing.