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J.J. Putz | Relief Pitcher

Team: Arizona Diamondbacks
Age / DOB:  (41) / 2/22/1977
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 250
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Michigan
Drafted: 1999 / Rd. 6 (0) / SEA

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J.J. Putz has been hired by the Diamondbacks as special assistant to president/CEO Derrick Hall.
Putz never officially announced he was retiring after being released by the D'Backs in June, but he's apparently decided to begin a new career. The 37-year-old struggled with injuries late in his career but still finished with a 3.08 ERA and 599/184 K/BB ratio over 566 2/3 innings across his 12 seasons. He made the All-Star team once in 2007 with the Mariners. Thu, Nov 6, 2014 07:08:00 PM

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Diamondbacks released RHP J.J. Putz.

Putz was designated for assignment a week ago and now is officially a free agent. The Diamondbacks are on the hook for the remaining portion of his $7 million salary from this season, so he'll be able to easily find someone willing to give him a prorated portion of the veteran minimum. Putz holds a 6.59 ERA over 18 appearances this season but posted four straight seasons of sub-3.00 ERAs before that.
Fri, Jun 27, 2014 08:42:00 AM

Diamondbacks designated RHP J.J. Putz for assignment.

The former closer missed over a month of action with a forearm issue and hasn't pitched well when healthy, posting a 6.59 ERA over 18 appearances. He'll pass through waivers unclaimed given his $7 million salary, but someone will take a gamble on Putz in hopes that he regains his past form.
Fri, Jun 20, 2014 05:02:00 PM

Diamondbacks activated RHP J.J. Putz from the 15-day disabled list.

Putz had scoreless rehab appearances on Thursday and Friday, clearing the way for his return to the Diamondbacks' bullpen. He'll be used in a setup role.
Mon, Jun 9, 2014 07:05:00 PM

J.J. Putz (forearm) will "probably" throw a simulated game on Monday before a return date is set, Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said.

Putz had scoreless rehab appearances on Thursday and Friday. Putz has been on the disabled list since May 5 with forearm tightness, but he appears close to a return. When he does, he'll likely return in a middle relief capacity until he proves worthy of a higher-leverage role.
Sat, Jun 7, 2014 09:17:00 PM

J.J. Putz (forearm) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Reno on Thursday.

He'll make two appearances for Reno before returning to extended spring training for one final tuneup. Assuming all goes well, Putz should be activated from the DL sometime next week. He's been out since early May with forearm tightness.
Tue, Jun 3, 2014 11:19:00 PM

J.J. Putz (forearm) threw a 24-pitch simulated game Friday.

Putz threw all of his pitches in the outing and said he felt good. He should begin a rehab assignment soon and is expected to need several appearances before being activated.
Fri, May 30, 2014 05:52:00 PM

J.J. Putz (forearm) threw a bullpen session Tuesday.

He could throw a simulated game on Friday. The veteran reliever would likely be ready for a rehab assignment shortly after that. Putz has been out with a forearm injury since early May but should be ready to rejoin the Diamondbacks' bullpen before long.
Tue, May 27, 2014 07:15:00 PM

J.J. Putz (forearm) played catch Tuesday.

Putz was shut down for a week due to mild irritation in his right forearm. There's no timetable for the veteran reliever's return, but he's progressing in the right direction.
Wed, May 14, 2014 09:04:00 AM

An MRI on J.J. Putz's right forearm showed mild irritation.

He'll be shut down for 7-10 days before resuming a throwing program. It's not clear whether Putz will require a rehab assignment before rejoining the Diamondbacks' bullpen, but it sounds like he should be back before the end of the month if all goes well.
Wed, May 7, 2014 12:23:00 PM

Diamondbacks placed RHP J.J. Putz on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 4, with right forearm tightness.

It's not clear when Putz began dealing with the ailment, but it could partly explain why he allowed five runs over his last four appearances. There's no timetable for the veteran reliever's return.
Mon, May 5, 2014 11:53:00 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Diamondbacks are looking to trade J.J. Putz following the addition of Addison Reed.

Putz is owed $7 million in 2014, which is more than the D'Backs want to pay for a setup man. Rosenthal thinks a deal to the Yankees for Ichiro Suzuki or to the Brewers for Yovani Gallardo would make some sense (though they'd have to give up more than Putz to get the latter). Putz dealt with elbow issues and was stripped of the closer role in 2013 but pitched well overall, posting a 2.36 ERA with 38 strikeouts across 34 1/3 innings.
Sun, Jan 5, 2014 08:46:00 AM

Diamondbacks activated RHP J.J. Putz from the 15-day disabled list.

Putz has been sidelined since August 23 with a dislocated and lacerated finger. He's expected to set up for closer Brad Ziegler.
Mon, Sep 16, 2013 05:18:00 PM

J.J. Putz (elbow) could be activated early this week.

Putz threw 26 pitches in a simulated game Saturday with no issues. "I’m optimistic he’s close to coming back," Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said. With Brad Ziegler settling into the closer role, Putz will return as a setup man.
Sun, Sep 15, 2013 08:56:00 AM

J.J. Putz (finger) is expected to throw a simulated game on Saturday.

Putz threw a side session on Thursday without any issues. D'Backs manager Kirk Gibson is holding out hope that his veteran closer can return to the bullpen before the end of the 2013 campaign.
Fri, Sep 13, 2013 07:16:00 PM

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3B1Jake Lamb
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