Mon, 16 Sep 2013 14:16:27 -0700
The Arizona Diamondbacks activated RP J.J. Putz (pinkie) from the 15-day disabled list Monday, Sept. 16.
Fantasy Tip: There's no indication that the Snakes will rush Putz back to the closer role over Brad Ziegler. With little of the regular season left, don't expect Putz to have any value.
Sat, 14 Sep 2013 17:08:01 -0700
Arizona Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said RP J.J. Putz (pinkie) could be activated as early as Sunday, Sept. 15, after Putz had a successful bullpen session.
Sat, 24 Aug 2013 12:19:41 -0700
The Arizona Diamondbacks have placed RP J.J. Putz (pinkie) on the 15-day disabled list because of a dislocated right pinkie. In a corresponding move, RP Chaz Roe has been recalled from Triple-A Reno.
Tue, 30 Jul 2013 11:49:00 -0700
The Arizona Diamondbacks have suddenly made RP J.J. Putz available on the trade block.
Fantasy Tip: Trading Putz would bolster Brad Ziegler's status as the new closer in the desert, depending on whether the Snakes acquire another closer-worthy arm on the trade market.
Mon, 22 Jul 2013 07:34:27 -0700
Arizona Diamondbacks RP Brad Ziegler has been anointed the team's closer for now.
Fantasy Tip: Go ahead and scoop him up, but we look for J.J. Putz to get another opportunity eventually. Still, Ziegler has been getting outs, and that's all Kirk Gibson may wind up caring about, so there's a chance he can keep the gig.
Thu, 11 Jul 2013 17:05:42 -0700
Arizona Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers told the media on Thursday, July 11, that his team has no closer at this point. He suggested that situations will dictate whom the team uses in save situations in the club's final four contests before the All-Star break.
Fantasy Tip: Not even the Snakes like their options anymore. J.J. Putz was apparently sufficiently healthy to activate from the DL last week but not to pitch in the ninth once he blew a chance. Heath Bell proves that he's not the man for the job consistently enough. Matchups suggest that others are in the mix, but Tony Sipp is the only southpaw in the bullpen. Hey, maybe he'll get a shot. David Hernandez could get a look, too. Clearly, the D'backs are willing to let someone demonstrate his willingness to take a stranglehold here. Putz, Bell and Hernandez are the best bets, relatively speaking, and probably in that order. The club is exploring internal and external options, reportedly, too.
Wed, 03 Jul 2013 20:13:31 -0700
The Milwaukee Brewers have had ongoing discussions with the Arizona Diamondbacks about SP Yovani Gallardo, and RPs John Axford, Jim Henderson and Francisco Rodriguez, according to major league sources. The Diamondbacks have a deep farm system, and it is conceivable they could acquire the ace of the Brewers and one of the relievers. The team needs help with several starters injured, and RP Heath Bell subbing for the shaky RP J.J. Putz at closer.
Tue, 02 Jul 2013 16:03:03 -0700
Updating a previous report, Arizona Diamondbacks RP J.J. Putz is not ready to return to the closer's role after coming off the disabled list next week, according to manager Kirk Gibson. The club will continue to use RP Heath Bell in that role for now. The team is looking to use Putz earlier in games in order to increase his arm strength. Putz blew the save against the New York Mets Monday, July 1, the team's 16th blown save of the season.
Fantasy Tip: Putz needs to be stashed in deep enough leagues until he gets things straightened out. Look to reacquire Bell in all leagues as long as Putz is working in less-stressful innings out of the bullpen. Bell has been up and down this year, but he's reportedly ironed out another mechanical flaw recently.
Tue, 02 Jul 2013 13:47:30 -0700
Arizona Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said RP J.J. Putz will be taken out of the closer's role in favor of RP Heath Bell for the time being.
Fantasy Tip: The D-backs will let Putz work in lower-leverage situations in order to get his feet back under him and to regain some velocity. Bell was dropped in a wide range of leagues when Putz returned last week, so run to the waiver wire and pick him up if he's out there. It's unknown how long Bell will hold off Putz, but as long as Bell continues to pitch the ninth, he should be owned.
Sat, 29 Jun 2013 11:07:12 -0700
Confirming a previous report, the Arizona Diamondbacks have activated CL J.J. Putz (elbow) from the 15-day disabled list. In a corresponding move, RP Zeke Spruill was optioned to Triple-A Reno.