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After four pitches to Nick Punto Arizona Diamondbacks’
closer J.J. Putz was removed from Tuesday’s game against the Los Angeles
Dodgers with an apparent injury. Putz was replaced by Heath Bell who got the save in place of Putz. As
Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports,
#Dbacks JJ Putz had flown back to Phoenix to see Dr. Michael Lee for the diagnosis.
— Steve Gilbert (@SteveGilbertMLB) May 8, 2013
#Dbacks place JJ Putz on DL with elbow strain and recall pitcher Will Harris from Triple-A Reno.
— Steve Gilbert (@SteveGilbertMLB) May 8, 2013
24 hours later Putz was put on the disabled list with what is being called as right elbow strain and recalled Will Harris from AAA Reno to take his place. The closer has a 4.26 ERA, a 1-2 record but four blown saves. Commenting on his elbow stiffness Putz said,
“Just felt stiff in my elbow and zings down my fingers, and I knew something wasn’t right,” “It happened on the second pitch," Putz said. "I didn’t know what that was. After it happened two more times, I figured probably should say something. I’ve never felt anything like it before”.
“The hardest thing is not knowing what it is. We are going to go see the doctor tomorrow and figure out what it is.”
With Putz on the disabled list, Heath Bell has been announced as the closer for the time being. Manger Kirk Gibson also stated that setup man David Hernandez will get a crack at the closer role if Bell does not produce results.
The Diamondbacks will continue without Putz which is a blow to a bullpen that has been shaky as of late in keeping the lead in late innings. The master of the bullpen Kevin Towers will have to use his magic to fortify a pen that has performed mediocre. The long list of named on the Diamondbacks disabled list continues as they have infielders Willie Bloomquist , Aaron Hill, outfielder Adam Eaton, and starting pitcher Daniel Hudson. The bullpen will have to hold down their part of the game as many injured players are expected back by the end of May.
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