Putnam, Hagadone Get Last Look From Indians





CLEVELAND—Come September, fresh faces from the minor leagues begin to appear en masse in major league lineups.

For righthander Zach Putnam and lefthander Nick Hagadone, their major league debuts came not only as a pat on the back of sorts for a solid season, but as a way for the club's brass to further determine their roles come next season.

Putnam, 24, spent the entire season at Triple-A Columbus, where he had a 3.65 ERA with nine saves in 44 appearances. In 69 innings, he walked 23 and struck out 68.

"He's an option for us next year and we want to take a look at him," Indians manager Manny Acta said. "He's got a couple of (good) out pitches."

Putnam had just recorded two saves in as many opportunities for the Clippers in the International League playoffs before being called up Sept. 13 to join the Indians for a three-game series in Texas.

"This is awesome," said Putnam, who got his first taste of hanging out with his Tribe teammates during the spring in big league camp in Goodyear, Ariz. "Honestly, I'm still kind of numb."

But he woke up from his reverie a little later that evening, when Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre welcomed Putnam to the majors with a 418-foot home run.
Hagadone's debut was rocky as well, as the 25-year-old gave up three runs on two hits in 12⁄3 innings during a 7-0 loss to Oakland.

"There's a lot of upside in a lefthander that throws 95-98 mph," farm director Ross Atkins said. "When the consistency of his fastball and slider comes, there's no limit to what he can't do."

SMOKE SIGNALS

• Righthander Carlos Carrasco had Tommy John surgery Sept. 14 in New York City. Carrasco is expected to miss 12-18 months while recovering.

• Columbus won its second consecutive Triple-A national championship Sept. 20 with an 8-3 victory over Omaha. For more, see Page 38.