The Indians promoted right-hander Zach Putnam on Tuesday from Class AAA Columbus to help the bullpen and could be getting Shin-Soo Choo back on Thursday to help the outfield.

As the Indians near elimination in the AL Central, they're looking for ways to ease the workload on workhorse relievers Tony Sipp, Rafael Perez, Joe Smith, Vinnie Pestano and closer Chris Perez.

The Indians picked Putnam in the fifth round of the 2008 draft out of the University of Michigan. He's spent this year at Columbus, going 6-3 with nine saves and a 3.65 ERA. He's allowed 28 earned runs in 69 innings. In 44 games, he walked 23 and struck out 68.

Putnam was in big-league camp with the Indians this spring.

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