J.J. Putz RUMORS & NEWS

  • Diamondbacks designate JJ Putz for assignment

    CBSSports.com "The Diamondbacks on Friday designated reliever J.J. Putz for assignment. That means that Putz will soon be claimed by another team, released or outrighted to the minors. Putz, 37, has a 6.59 ERA in 18 appearances this season and has spent time on the disabled list with forearm tightness. For..." June 20

  • Diamondbacks' J.J. Putz headed to DL with right forearm tightness

    Arizona Republic "Diamondbacks reliever J.J. Putz will be placed on the 15-day disabled list with right forearm tightness, manager Kirk Gibson said after Monday night's 8-3 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers. Gibson said Putz had been dealing with the issue in recent outings and hadn't been improving. In his most..." May 06

  • Trading J.J. Putz?

    AZ Snake Pit ""Don't be surprised if the Diamondbacks trade right-hander J.J. Putz." So wrote Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal over the weekend, though it doesn't appear, at this point, to be any more than the purest of speculation on his part, with not even the "anonymous MLB source with knowledge" chipping in on..." January 07

  • Ichiro Suzuki for J.J. Putz?

    Sport News "The Arizona Diamondbacks may look to trade veteran reliever J.J. Putz following their acquistion of Addison Reed, FOXSports.com reports. If the D-backs do move Putz, one possible trading partner is the New York Yankees, who reportedly want to unload future Hall of Famer Ichiro Suzuki. Putz is..." January 05

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    Arizona Diamondbacks @Dbacks

    OFFICIAL: #Dbacks reinstate RHP J.J. Putz from 15-day disabled list.

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    Nick Piecoro @nickpiecoro

    J.J Putz is headed to the DL with a dislocated pinky finger and a small laceration after trying to barehand Kevin Frandsen's ground ball.

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    Steve Gilbert @SteveGilbertMLB

    #Dbacks manager Kirk Gibson is moving J.J. Putz out of the closer's role in favor of Heath Bell for right now.

  • D-backs activate closer Putz from DL

    Hardball Talk "After missing seven weeks with a right elbow injury, J.J. Putz was activated from the disabled list this afternoon. Putz originally appeared bound for surgery due to a strained flexor pronator and nerve irritation, but he didn’t have any setbacks after resuming his throwing program and made it..." June 29

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    Jack Magruder @JackMagruder

    #Dback Putz on his way to Class AAA Reno, to pitch Thursday, Gibson said

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    Jack Magruder @JackMagruder

    #Dbacks RHP J.J. Putz (elbow strain) is playing catch at 90 feet and doing strengthening exercises, Gibson said. Will proceed with caution

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    #DBacks closer J.J. Putz will not need elbow surgery. Hoping rehab will work. Sprained ligament, strained flexor pronator, irritated nerve.

  • D-backs put J.J. Putz on DL; recall Will Harris

    Arizona Sports "For the first time in 2013, the Arizona Diamondbacks have to reshuffle their bullpen. Closer J.J. Putz was placed on the 15-day disabled list by the club Wednesday and right-handed reliever Will Harris was recalled from Triple-A Reno. Putz left Tuesday night's win over Los Angeles after..." May 08

  • D-Backs' bullpen faces the loss of closer Putz

    Fox Sports Arizona "The Diamondbacks ran into another obstacle Tuesday, discovering that even when they convert a save situation, the news can be distressing. Heath Bell got the final three outs after Paul Goldschmidt’s big home run in the Diamondbacks’ 5-3 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday, but..." May 08

  • Putz still closer, but workload will be watched

    Fox Sports Arizona "J.J. Putz remains the Diamondbacks’ closer, but he may not be the only reliever placed in save situations in the near future. The D-backs saw Putz’s fastball velocity drop from 95 mph to 89 mph when he was used three times in four days recently, and manager Kirk Gibson said he will try to do a..." May 04

  • D-backs keeping Putz in closer role

    MLB.com "J.J. Putz has struggled with the location of his split-finger fastball this year, but the D-backs right-hander will remain as the team's closer. "His split isn't very good right now," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. Putz blew his third save of the year Tuesday when Brandon Belt hit a..." April 25

  • Arizona Diamondbacks closer J.J. Putz a true team player

    Arizona Republic "Major-league closers, by nature, tend to have a certain sway about them. The more colorful ones develop a rock-star persona that usually involves some sort of funky ritual, a menacing stare or intimidating pose, a signature pitch and, more often than not, facial hair. Diamondbacks closer J.J...." February 19

  • Putz extension a sign of D-backs' belief in 'pen

    Fox Sports Arizona "Kevin Towers is an outspoken proponent of a strong bullpen, and on Monday he once again put his money where his mouth is. The Diamondbacks announced the signing of closer J.J. Putz to a $7 million contract extension through 2014, a source with knowledge of the deal said, a move that means all..." January 15

  • Diamondbacks lock up J.J. Putz through 2014

    CBSSports.com "Closer J.J. Putz will be in Arizona for at least two more seasons, as the Diamondbacks have signed the veteran reliever to a one-year, $7-million contract extension. Putz was already under contract for 2013 for $6.5 million, and this deal ensures he'll remain a Diamondback for 2014, as well." January 14

  • Arizona Diamondbacks' J.J. Putz expected to be brought back

    Arizona Republic "If there were any doubts about what the Diamondbacks would do with their $6.5 million club option for closer J.J. Putz in 2013, General Manager Kevin Towers came pretty close to erasing them Friday. Towers all but said he planned to exercise the option and bring Putz back for his third season..." September 01

  • Arizona Diamondbacks' J.J. Putz has Kirk Gibson's support

    Arizona Republic "More locations problems led to another shaky outing for the Diamondbacks' J.J. Putz on Tuesday night, but manager Kirk Gibson didn't hesitate to reaffirm the right-hander's status on his club. "He's our closer," Gibson said. "Nothing has changed. Simple as that." Putz has three blown saves..." May 24

  • J.J. Putz counting on his cutter

    Arizona Republic "A month ago, closer JJ Putz wasn't sure if the cut fastball he'd been tinkering with in the off-season would develop into a usable pitch. But from listening to him Friday, it sounds like the cutter won't just be usable -- it could be a real factor in his repertoire. "I'm not looking at it to..." March 17

  • J.J. Putz a force on and off the field for Diamondbacks

    Arizona Republic "Confidence follows J.J. Putz's jog to the mound like the contrails of a plane engine. His arrival screams "reporting for duty, sir." Wednesday was no different. The Chase Field crowd of 25,296 was on its feet as he took his place with an 8-5 Diamondbacks lead over Pittsburgh. Alex Presley?..." September 22

  • Diamondbacks' J.J. Putz putting in extra work after injury

    Arizona Republic "Three weeks after his stint on the disabled list, closer J.J. Putz is feeling good, and he believes the work he's putting in with the training staff will pay dividends the rest of the season. It's already evident that his body is responding better now than it was before he missed three weeks..." August 19

  • Arizona Diamondbacks to keep J.J. Putz in closer role

    Arizona Republic "Once J.J. Putz returns from the disabled list, he will resume closing duties, Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said. When Gibson was asked Friday night if it would be hard to take the closer's job from David Hernandez, he didn't provide much of an answer. That was because he didn't think much..." July 10

  • Arizona Diamondbacks place J.J. Putz on disabled list

    Arizona Republic "Closer J.J. Putz was placed on the 15-day disabled list with right elbow tendinitis, but Putz and General Manager Kevin Towers are hopeful he'll be ready to come off the disabled list immediately after the All-Star break. Putz, who said the elbow was aching after he worked three consecutive..." July 02

  • Closer J.J. Putz key to Arizona Diamondbacks' confidence

    Arizona Republic "J.J. Putz is a key reason the Diamondbacks' confidence has been building in recent days. He closed down the Minnesota Twins on Sunday, getting his 12th consecutive save, helping the Diamondbacks win for the sixth consecutive time. "It's all about making good pitches, been able to get ahead,..." May 23

  • Arizona Diamondbacks' J.J. Putz sidelined by stiff back

    Arizona Republic "No one seemed worried after closer J.J. Putz's rough outing earlier in the week, but there was at least some level of concern when the Diamondbacks' bullpen savior came down with a stiff back Friday afternoon. Manager Kirk Gibson cautioned that it could be minor, but Putz did not make his..." March 19

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