Originally posted on Fox Sports Arizona  |  Last updated 5/9/13
Diamondbacks closer J.J. Putz, placed on the disabled list Wednesday, will attempt to rehabilitate his injured right elbow rather than undergo surgery, according to major league sources. Putz is suffering from a sprained ligament, a strained flexor pronator and an irritated nerve, one source said. There is no timetable yet for his return. We know hes not going to be back anytime soon, Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson told reporters Wednesday. Putz left Tuesday nights game against the Dodgers after throwing only four pitches and issuing a walk to the only batter he faced. He said that he felt stiffness in his elbow and zinging through his fingers. The Diamondbacks elevated setup man Heath Bell to the closers role on Wednesday, and Bell earned the save in the teams 3-2 victory over the Dodgers. Gibson said David Hernandez will continue to be used in a setup role.
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