ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The cautious approach continues for injured White Sox pitchers Nate Jones and Zach Putnam.
Neither reliever traveled on the team’s current three-city road trip and both haven’t thrown since the White Sox left town, manager Rick Renteria said Tuesday. Jones threw a bullpen session prior to the White Sox departure last Thursday and has since only received treatment, Renteria said. Though he hasn’t thrown since, Renteria said he wouldn’t describe Jones as having had a setback. Jones has been on the 10-day disabled list since May 4 with right elbow neuritis.
“They’re healing and moving forward with the treatments they have,” Renteria said. “Not a setback. I think (Jones) was being treated, as far as we’re concerned, with a lot of our patience, being very careful. We want to make sure these guys come back ready to go. We’re just being more precautionary than anything else.”
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Jones had thrown at least four bullpens in the lead up to his latest round of treatment. On the DL since April 25, Putnam also had appeared in the bullpen several times recently. The two haven’t made as much recent progress as right-hander Jake Petricka, who has appeared in a pair of rehab games. Petricka, who went on the DL on April 6 with a late muscle strain, has pitched three innings so far at Triple-A Charlotte.
The White Sox have said all along they intend to be cautious with Jones, who has had Tommy John surgery, and Putnam, who had bone chips removed from his right elbow last year.
“They’re still recovering and just getting treatments,” Renteria said. “They weren’t picking up the ball when we first left. They’re still being treated.”
Infielder Tyler Saladino also stayed at home while the White Sox headed on the road. Saladino said last week he was restricted to physical therapy for his sore back while the team travels.