Putnam gets call to be 26th man for twin bill

Putnam gets call to be 26th man for twin bill

Putnam gets call to be 26th man for twin bill
PITTSBURGH -- The Rockies called up right-handed relief pitcher Zach Putnam from Triple-A Colorado Springs on Wednesday for the club's doubleheader with the Pirates.

Under the current collective bargaining agreement, teams are allowed to call up a 26th player for a doubleheader as long as that player is on the 40-man Major League roster. The Rockies will be back to 25 players for Friday's opener of a three-game set with the Mets; they do not have to send Putnam down.

Putnam, 24, acquired from the Indians over the offseason for right-handed pitcher Kevin Slowey, is 1-0 with three saves and a 1.23 ERA at Triple-A Colorado Springs. Putnam has 11 strikeouts to three walks in 7 1/3 innings over five appearances.

Putnam made his Major League debut last season with the Indians, going 1-1 with a 6.14 ERA in eight appearances, with nine strikeouts against no walks.

The doubleheader is necessary because Rockies and Pirates were rained out on Monday.