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Putnam feels good after bullpen session

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CHICAGO -- White Sox reliever Zach Putnam tested the inflammation in his right shoulder that sent him to the disabled list on July 24 by playing catch Friday and then throwing a 20-pitch bullpen session featuring all fastballs.

"I felt really good," Putnam said. "I'm not trying to force it right now. Just trying to feel it out."

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CHICAGO -- White Sox reliever Zach Putnam tested the inflammation in his right shoulder that sent him to the disabled list on July 24 by playing catch Friday and then throwing a 20-pitch bullpen session featuring all fastballs.

"I felt really good," Putnam said. "I'm not trying to force it right now. Just trying to feel it out."

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Manager Robin Ventura had suggested Putnam might need a short Minor League injury rehab assignment before returning to the White Sox. But Putnam sounded as if that assignment might not be needed.

"With the way I feel physically, if I had to get in there tomorrow, I think I'd be OK," Putnam said. "It's just a matter now of fine-tuning, having not thrown for a week, trying to shake the rust off a little bit."

Putnam plans to add some cutters to Sunday's bullpen session, with his split-finger being the last pitch incorporated.

Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin.

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