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40 J.J. Putz RP
Height/Weight: 6-5/250 | Birthdate: 2/22/1977 | Birthplace: Trenton, MI | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Arizona | College: Michigan | MLB Experience: 12 | Salary: /images/players/unknown_hat.gif | Owned/Started%: 2/0 | Average Draft Position: 261.43

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Diamondbacks dump J.J. Putz


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/27/2014) Former closer J.J. Putz has been released by the Diamondbacks, who he criticized for designating him for assignment. He is a free agent.

The 37-year-old Putz, who is still owed $7 million by Arizona, had been getting clobbered recently. He has yielded six runs on 11 hits in his last four innings. His ERA skyrocketed from 1.17 to 6.59 since April 21.


J.J. Putz ready to move on after DFA by Arizona


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/20/2014) Veteran reliever J.J. Putz has declined a minor league assignment from the Diamondbacks and will seek employment elsewhere. But he expressed appreciation for the Arizona organization before leaving, the team website has reported.

Putz, who was designated for assignment Friday, has struggled a bit since his fine seasons with Arizona in 2011 and 2012. But he has been a complete mess in 2014 with a 6.59 ERA. He had given up nine earned runs on 14 hits in his last six innings pitched.


Diamondbacks DFA struggling J.J. Putz


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/20/2014) The Diamondbacks designated reliever J.J. Putz for assignment Friday, in order to clear a spot on the active roster.

Putz has struggled with injuries and inconsistency this season, posting a 6.59 ERA in 13 2/3 innings.  


J.J. Putz serves up walkoff home run


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/13/2014) Diamondbacks relief pitcher J.J. Putz was charged with the loss Thursday night in extras against the Astros.

Putz surrendered a walkoff solo home run to Chris Carter to end the game. He yielded one run on one hit and lasted five pitched before ending the game. He owns a 5.40 ERA and a 1.52 WHIP in 11 2/3 innings of relief.


Diamondbacks activate J.J. Putz from disabled list


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/9/2014) The Diamondbacks activated pitcher J.J. Putz from the 15-day disabled list Monday.

Out since May 3, Putz was expected to throw a simulated game Monday before returning; the team must have been satisfied with his recovery from a forearm injury. He owns a 5.40 ERA and 12:6 K:BB ratio in 10 innings over 13 appearances.


J.J. Putz expected to throw simulated game Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/7/2014) Diamondbacks pitcher J.J. Putz will likely throw a simulated game Monday before the team sets a return date for the injured reliever, FOXSportsArizona.com reports.

Putz has been sidelined since May 3 due to a forearm injury. He was able to pitch scoreless rehab outings on Thursday and Friday, however, so if he can pass Monday's test, his return could come early next week. Putz owns a 5.40 ERA and 12:6 K:BB ratio in 10 innings.


J.J. Putz walks two in rehab debut


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/6/2014) Diamondbacks reliever J.J. Putz made his rehab debut Thursday at Triple-A Reno, as he continues to work his way back from a forearm injury.

Putz worked one inning in relief, tossing 19 pitches in doing so. He seemed a bit rusty in his first game action in more than a month, throwing just nine of 19 pitches for strikes, while walking two and allowing one hit in a scoreless frame.

Putz is expected to work in consecutive games at Reno, and could be back from the disabled list shortly after. 


J.J. Putz to work consecutive games at Triple-A


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/3/2014) Diamondbacks reliever J.J. Putz has just one more hurdle before his can return from the disabled list with a forearm injury.

Putz, who has been out since May 4, will make his rehab debut Thursday for Triple-A Reno. His next appearance will come a day later, and if he can work in back-to-back games without issue, his return will be imminent, according to MLB.com. He may go back to extended spring for one more appearance afterwards, though his schedule is still to be fully determined. 


J.J. Putz 'encouraged' by simulated game


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/30/2014) Diamondbacks reliever J.J. Putz threw his entire repertoire of pitches during a simulated game Friday, and is ready to take the next step in his recovery from a forearm injury.

Putz tossed 24 pitches in the simulated game at Chase Field, and told FOXSportsArizona.com the outing was encouraging. He will move on to a minor-league rehab assignment next and will need several outings, though the exact details are not yet known. 


J.J. Putz could move on to simulated game


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2014) Diamondbacks pitcher J.J. Putz successfully threw a bullpen session Tuesday without suffering a setback in his right forearm, a good sign in his recovery.

Putz made it through the session and could be cleared to throw a simulated game Friday, manager Kirk Gibson told FOXSportsArizona.com. Putz has been out since early May with tightness in his forearm.


J.J. Putz nearing bullpen work


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/23/2014) Diamondbacks reliever J.J. Putz continues to work his way back from forearm tightness, and is set to take a big step in the coming days.

Putz, who has been throwing on the side for the last few days, will move on to a bullpen session soon. There remains no specific timeline for his return to action, however, as manager Kirk Gibson stressed to MLB.com the team is taking it slow with his recovery.

"We'll start building him back up," Gibson said. "I think with situations like that, you try to make sure that inflammation doesn't build up. The demands of being here with us are, you have to throw back-to-back days. We're trying to prepare for that."


J.J. Putz begins playing catch


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/13/2014) Diamondbacks pitcher J.J. Putz got through a session of catch Tuesday, and felt little soreness in his injured right forearm as a result.

"Hopefully it's not that much longer," Putz told MLB.com. "I feel good. It was coming out good today. We'll see how it feels tomorrow."

Putz is set to play catch again Wednesday to determine what the next step in his recovery will be. He is eligible to return from the disabled list May 19. 


J.J. Putz scheduled to play catch Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/12/2014) Diamondbacks pitcher J.J. Putz is scheduled to play catch Tuesday for the first time since going on the disabled list, FOXSportsArizona.com reports.

Putz was placed on the disabled list last Tuesday, and he doesn't expect to require a long rehab stint. He's working his way back from forearm tightness. Putz has posted a 5.40 ERA and 12:6 K:BB ratio in 10 innings.


J.J. Putz won't throw for 7-10 days


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/7/2014) Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said reliever J.J. Putz's MRI showed mild irritation in his forearm but nothing major, per The Arizona Republic. He won't throw for 7-10 days.

J.J. Putz placed on disabled list with forearm tightness


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2014) Diamondbacks pitcher J.J. Putz was placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday with forearm tightness.

Putz gave up two earned runs while recording just one out Saturday. He owns a 5.40 ERA and 12:6 K:BB ratio in 10 innings.


J.J. Putz awarded first win in extras


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/11/2014) Diamondbacks reliever J.J. Putz was awarded his first win of the season on Thursday against the Giants in extras.

Putz (1-0) struck out two in a perfect ninth inning for the Diamondbacks. Tony Campana singled in a run in the top of the 10th to give his team the lead and the win. Putz has struck out six and has not allowed a run over his first 4 1/3 innings pitched this season.

J.J. Putz working with reduced velocity


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2014) Diamondbacks reliever J.J. Putz is working with reduced velocity, according to azcentral.com.

Putz's fastball has averaged 90.9 mph this year after coming in at 91.7 mph in 2013. Despite that, he's still been able to have success early in the season. Putz has tossed three scoreless innings with the club thus far. He believes he'll have the same type of success even with reduced velocity. "I think I'm the same kind of pitcher," Putz said. "I still go after guys. I try to get ahead and put them away with my split."

Putz concluded by saying, "you see plenty of guys throwing 97 and get hit all over the place. It's still a matter of making pitches." 


Speculation: Reds could seek out trade for J.J. Putz


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/22/2014) The Reds could eye Diamondbacks reliever and former Seattle and Arizona closer J.J. Putz to temporarily fill that role in their bullpen in the absence of Aroldis Chapman, according to FoxSports.com.

The Diamondbacks have named Addison Reed as their closer for this season and boast potential closers Brad Ziegler and David Hernandez in their bullpen as well, possibly making Putz expendable. Reds manager Bryan Price is familar with Putz, whom he worked with as a pitching coach with the Mariners.


J.J. Putz believes he's past his spring troubles


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/19/2014) Diamondbacks reliever J.J. Putz hasn't had a great spring, posting a 6.35 ERA and 2.29 WHIP in six appearances, but the veteran pitcher believes his fortunes are about to turn around, per MLB.com.

Putz said he made a few mechanical changes this spring, which he believes thinking about them too much while pitching has led to the struggles.

"You make a bad pitch and your mind starts going back over all the mechanical checkpoints instead of just throwing free and easy," Putz said. "Now it's time to put that in the past and just go. It's to the point now where I think the muscle memory has kind of taken over to the point where I don't have to think about it very much."


J.J. Putz working through early spring struggles


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/10/2014) Diamondbacks reliever J.J. Putz isn't off to a great start this spring, posting a 6.75 ERA and 2.25 WHIP in four relief appearances. However, manager Kirk Gibson is not concerned about the slow start from the veteran reliever.

"The thing about J.J. is, he's pitched a lot games, he's been through a lot of spring trainings, he's saved a lot of games, and I think that when the season starts it'll be a whole different game for him," Gibson said, per The Arizona Republic. "He's one of those guys."

Though, scouts have reported Putz's fastball has ranged from 86-90 mph this spring. He averaged 91.7 mph on his fastball last season, according to Pitch-f/x data.

"His velocity probably isn't where he wants it, but it's been there before," Gibson said.


J.J. Putz could challenge Addison Reed for closer's job


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/9/2014) The Diamondbacks made a big acquisition this offseason by picking up reliever Addison Reed in a trade with the White Sox. However, his arrival hasn't deterred J.J. Putz from entering camp with hopes of regaining the closer's role after he posted a 1.27 ERA in his final 27 appearances last season.

"I definitely want to close," Putz told The Arizona Republic. "Other than the beginning of my year last year, I thought I threw the ball really well when I came back (following stints on the disabled list for elbow and finger injuries). I feel good. I’ve been throwing more bullpens before spring started than I ever have. I’ve been working with (pitching coach Mike Harkey) on some things. Everything feels good."

According to the Republic, Putz is regarded as the leader for the closer's job, particularly among the pitching staff.

"I think KT (General Manager Kevin Towers) and Gibby (manager Kirk Gibson) are both extremely loyal people,” Putz said, when asked about the chance he’s being given to win the job. "I’m glad that they are at least giving me the opportunity, and I’m going to do everything I can to win that job when the time is appropriate to win that job. If it doesn’t happen, it doesn’t happen. The bottom line is just getting to the playoffs and seeing what happens."


Diamondbacks might deal J.J. Putz


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/5/2014) The Diamondbacks might trade reliever J.J. Putz following their acquisition of closer Addison Reed, according to FOX Sports. Putz will make $7 million in 2014, and Arizona would likely be required to accept a comparable salary in return.

Arizona activates J.J. Putz


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(9/16/2013) The Diamondbacks have activated reliever J.J. Putz from the disabled list Monday. Putz threw in a simulated game Saturday and was found healthy enough to return to the bullpen. 

The reliever has been out since Aug. 24 due to a dislocated pinkie finger on his right hand. He is 3-1 with a 2.43 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 32:15 K:BB ratio in 29 2/3 innings this season for Arizona.


J.J. Putz throws simulated game


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/15/2013) Diamondbacks reliever J.J. Putz threw 26 pitches in a simulated game Saturday and could be activated from the disabled list next week, the Arizona Republic reports.

"I’m optimistic he’s close to coming back," manager Kirk Gibson told the Republic.

Putz has been on the disabled list since Aug. 24 due to a dislocated pinkie finger on his right hand.


J.J. Putz plays catch Thursday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/6/2013) Diamondbacks pitcher J.J. Putz played catch Thursday but is not ready to advance to a bullpen session, MLB.com reports. Putz, who is recovering from a dislocated finger, threw the ball with tape on his hands.

Putz, who's been on the shelf since Aug. 23, is 3-1 with a 2.43 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 32:15 K:BB ratio in 29 2/3 innings.