CHICAGO -- The Cubs placed reliever Zach Putnam on the 15-day disabled list because of bone spur in his right elbow and recalled left-handed pitcher Brooks Raley from Triple-A Iowa.
Putnam pitched Tuesday night but told manager Dale Sveum his elbow felt like it was "on fire." He underwent an MRI on Wednesday. Putnam, 25, had given up seven earned runs over 3 1/3 innings in five appearances with the Cubs.
Raley, 24, was 5-4 with a 4.92 ERA in 13 appearances (12 starts) with Iowa. He made his big league debut last August, and was 1-2 with an 8.14 ERA in five starts.
"Right now, obviously, our bullpen is a little short, and we have some length there [with Raley] if anything happened," Sveum said.
Late Tuesday, the Cubs acquired reliever Henry Rodriguez from the Nationals for Minor League pitcher Ian Dickson. Rodriguez has not joined the Cubs yet.
"I don't think he's thrown in 10 days," Sveum said of Rodriguez. "We have some time to let him throw and see where we're at in a couple days."
Rodriguez, 26, had a 4.00 ERA in 17 relief appearances with the Nationals before he was designated for assignment on June 4.
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