Putz may be available Saturday

Putz may be available Saturday

KANSAS CITY -- White Sox reliever J.J. Putz isn't anticipating any lingering effects from the patella inflammation in his right knee that caused him to exit Thursday's game in Minnesota.

Putz played catch on Friday and expects to be available for duty as early as Saturday.

"Life is good," Putz said.

Putz left the field after walking Michael Cuddyer in the eighth inning. Manager Ozzie Guillen and head athletic trainer Herm Schneider had visited the mound before the Cuddyer at-bat.

Putz backed off after facing Cuddyer because he didn't feel he could push off and drive toward the plate. The cautious approach was validated, as Putz was able to move about without pain after arriving in Kansas City.