"It was a minor thing, I think, to begin with," Putnam said. "It never really scared me as far as being a long-term thing.
"But I think the issue that you have with hamstrings and groins and things like that is, if you don't give them the proper rest, they can turn into nagging stuff and last a long, long time. Knock on wood, we've avoided that. I feel like I kind of turned the corner, and the last two times, I didn't even think about it."
Even without game work, White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper and bullpen coach Bobby Thigpen have kept Putnam fresh by having him throw on the side. Putnam actually took a couple of days off to give the hamstring a chance to calm down and then quickly got back into action.
"I got on the mound to do a side," Putnam said. "The side went really well and I was off to the races."
"He has bounced back. He looks fine," said White Sox manager Robin Ventura of Putnam. "His split is even reacting down here, which is good."
Avisail Garcia was scratched from Sunday's 6-2 victory over the A's in Mesa because of a right wrist contusion. He sustained that injury Saturday against the Dodgers going for Howie Kendrick's triple down the right-field line, accidentally stepping on the baseball and falling.
The wrist was wrapped after Saturday's game, but precautionary X-rays were negative, and Garcia is day to day.
J.B. Shuck also was scratched Sunday, feeling under the weather.
Standing behind Sale and Ventura
White Sox players seem united behind Ventura in the wake of the Adam LaRoche retirement situation, an issue that looks to have come to an end Sunday via White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf's statement. They also support ace Chris Sale, who made his opinion clear about how he thought the situation was handled by executive vice president Ken Williams.
Sale was speaking not only as a friend of Adam and Drake LaRoche but as a team leader.
"He's fundamentally a really good person and so when he speaks up about anything, you feel inclined to side with him," said Putnam of Sale. "He's just a great guy, aside from being an awesome teammate. He's a leader, the leader of this clubhouse, he's the face of the franchise.
"So when he has something to say, we all listen and rally around him. That's the nature of the type of player and guy he is."