Found June 29, 2013 on MLB Injury News:
PLAYERS: JJ Putz
TEAMS: Arizona Diamondbacks
The Arizona Diamondbacks are expected to activate reliever J.J. Putz from the disabled list this weekend, perhaps as soon as today, according to Steve Gilbert of MLB.com. Putz has been on the DL since May 8 while dealing with a strained elbow. It was determined that Putz wouldn’t require surgery, but it did take an extended period of time before the discomfort subsided. After recently beginning his rehab stint in the minors, Putz has since been able to pitch in back-to-back games. Teams like relievers to do this prior to activation, and it would seem to indicate that Putz is ready to rejoin Arizona. When he does return for the Diamondbacks, it’s not yet clear what his role will be. In Putz’s absence, Arizona has used Heath Bell as its closer, and he’s completed 13-of-15 save opportunities. Manager Kirk Gibson told reporters that he’s not yet sure if Putz will immediately reclaim his former role as closer. Prior to his injury, Putz had maintained an ERA and WHIP of 4.26 and 1.579, though it’s not clear how much of that can be attributed to his elbow injury. Over his career, the 36-year-old has posted an ERA and WHIP of 3.07 and 1.142. Follow @mlbinjurynews Looking for fantasy baseball advice?
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