SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Comparing Diamondbacks closer J.J. Putz's 2011 spring training experience and to his 2012 experience might be a bit like comparing apples to oranges.
Though Putz overcame an injury-filled spring in 2011 to have one of his best seasons, the closer is having a markedly different spring this year that could bode well in his second season with the D-backs.
"I was hurt this time last year, so obviously I feel better than that," Putz said. "It's been nice being able to throw six innings this spring, being able to work on the pitches I wanted to work on and just get the work in."
Putz has so far pitched four of those scheduled six innings, doubling the number of appearances he made last season. He's allowed two runs, both on solo homers, and three hits. He's scheduled to make back-to-back outings Friday and Saturday, his final outings until the start of the regular season.
Simply being healthy enough to participate from the start of spring training has made all the...