White Sox closer Bobby Jenks and setup reliever J.J. Putz are being scouted by the Phillies, who are temporarily without their top two relievers, ESPNChicago.com’s Bruce Levine reports.
Levine reports Philadelphia is "among a couple of teams" that are monitoring the White Sox in case Chicago falls out of the AL Central race and decides to shake up the roster. Philadelphia figures to add bullpen depth as closer Brad Lidge (elbow) and top setup man Ryan Madson (toe) recover from injuries. Jose Contreras and J.C. Romero have been closing games of late.
Jenks is 7-for-8 in save opportunities, although his ERA is 5.40. Putz is averaging 11.8 strikeouts per nine innings as he works his way back from elbow problems that cost him most of last season with the Mets.
Last week, White Sox general manager Ken Williams denied reports that he was negotiating deals involving some of his veterans, namely catcher A.J Pierzynski.