The Diamondbacks activated closer J.J. Putz from the 15-day disabled list Saturday, a move that was expected with Putz having made several rehab appearances without a setback, and optioned pitcher Zeke Spruill to Triple-A Reno to clear a roster spot.
Putz had been on the disabled list since leaving a May 7 game against the Dodgers with a right elbow strain. It was initially believed that he might need surgery, but an MRI showed only a strain, and Putz elected to rehab it. After a few weeks of rest, the 35-year-old made four rehab appearances at Triple-A Reno, allowing one run on two hits while striking out four in a total of four innings, the last two coming in back-to-back games earlier this week.
In 14 games for the D-backs this season, Putz is 2-1 with five saves in nine opportunities and a 4.26 ERA. In 131 games spanning three seasons in Arizona, he is 5-8 with 82 saves and a 2.66 ERA.
It is unknown if Putz will immediately assume the closer's role. Heath Bell received most ...