LOS ANGELES -- The Diamondbacks ran into another obstacle Tuesday, when they discovered that even when they convert a save situation, the news can be distressing.
Heath Bell got the final three outs after Paul Goldschmidts big home run in the Diamondbacks 5-3 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday, but the D-backs appear to have lost closer J.J. Putz in the process, at least for a short time. Bell got his second save, and he is perhaps the top candidate to remain in that role in the short term.
Putz entered to protect the lead in the ninth inning, but he felt discomfort in his right elbow and shooting pains down to his fingers after his second pitch to leadoff man Nick Punto. After four consecutive balls, he was forced to leave.
Just felt stiff in my elbow and zings down my fingers, and I knew something wasnt right, Putz said.
Trainer Ken Crenshaw went to the mound after Punto walked, and the two left the field shortly thereafter. Putz had preliminary tests done afte...