Arizona Diamondbacks
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Name  J.J. Putz
Born  2/22/1977
Height  6-5
Weight  250
Number  40
Position  RP
Bats  R
Throws  R
11/6/2014 8:27:00 PM
Description: Relief pitcher J.J. Putz has officially retired from baseball according to USA Today.
Insight: The Diamondbacks released Putz in June, but he did not officially retire until this week. He will begin a new career, joining the Arizona front office. Putz finished with a 3.08 ERA and one All-Star appearance.
6/3/2014 11:50:00 AM
Description: Arizona righthanded reliever J.J. Putz threw a simulated inning (24 pitches) and apparently felt good, according to beat writer Jack Magruder.
Insight: Putz should be sent out on a rehab assignment any day now and could be back on the roster in short order. Putz' fantasy value is minimal in his setup role for Addison Reed.
1/5/2014 10:16:00 PM
Description: Arizona is looking to trade righthanded reliever J.J. Putz. SOURCE: Fox Sports
Insight: Putz became expendable when the D'Backs acquired Addison Reed from the White Sox last month. The 36-year-old went 3-1 last season with six saves and a 2.36 ERA. Putz was an All-Star when he saved 40 games for the Mariners back in 2007.
9/16/2013 6:38:00 PM
Description: D'Backs reliever J.J. Putz has been activated from the 15-day DL.
Insight: He missed about three weeks with a dislocated finger. The former closer will be used in a setup role for the duration of the 2013 season.
9/15/2013 10:57:00 AM
Description: Arizona reliever J.J. Putz might be activated from the DL later this week. SOURCE: Arizona Republic
Insight: He dislocated his finger a few weeks ago while fielding a ground ball. Putz started the year as the Diamondbacks' closer but has since ceded that role to Brad Ziegler (8-1, 2.30 ERA, 10-for-12 in save opportunities).
8/24/2013 6:14:00 PM
Description: The Diamondbacks have placed righthander J.J. Putz on the 15-day DL.
Insight: Putz was diagnosed with a dislocated right finger after barehanding a grounder Friday night against the Phillies. Putz hasn't been closing for the D'Backs so even before the injury, his fantasy value was pretty limited.
7/11/2013 9:42:00 PM
Description: Arizona GM Kevin Towers said Thursday that the team doesn't have a closer right now, according to Jack Magruder of
Insight: Putz blew his first save chance after returning from the DL on June 29, but he hasn't allowed a hit in 3 1/3 innings. Meanwhile, Heath Bell has blown his last two opportunities and allowed nine earned runs over his last 9 2/3 frames. Look for Putz to eventually retake the role.
6/28/2013 4:41:00 PM
Description: Diamondbacks closer J.J. Putz (elbow) is expected to be activated from the disabled list on Saturday. SOURCE: Nick Piecoro,
Insight: It won't be long before he retakes the closer role as Heath Bell has struggled of late, giving up seven earned runs in his last six outings (five plus innings).
6/7/2013 7:22:00 PM
Description: Diamondbacks closer J.J. Putz (elbow) will throw a bullpen session Saturday, according to Kyndra de St. Aubin of
Insight: Putz last pitched on May 7 due to a strained right elbow. This will be his first time throwing off a mound since that date. Heath Bell has saved 9-of-10 chances since taking over the closer role, and Putz wasn't exactly a sure thing before his injury, but we expect Putz to get the job back when he returns.
6/2/2013 12:16:00 PM
Description: Diamondbacks closer J.J. Putz (elbow) will throw flat-ground sessions this week before possibly throwing off a mound next weekend, according to the Arizona Republic.
Insight: Putz last pitched on May 7 due to a strained right elbow. Heath Bell has saved eight of his nine chances since Putz went on the DL.
5/9/2013 11:09:00 AM
Description: D'Backs closer J.J. Putz won't need surgery on his strained elbow.
Insight: For a second it looked like Putz might be headed for Tommy John surgery but Fox's Ken Rosenthal has assured us that's not the case. With that said, it's doubtful we'll see Putz again before the All-Star break.
Cold5/8/2013 6:38:00 PM
Description: According to ESPN's Buster Olney, J.J. Putz is likely headed for major elbow surgery.
Insight: Putz left Tuesday's game with elbow stiffness. Even if the team opts for rehab over surgery, Olney says that Putz is going to be out a long time. Heath Bell will get the first crack at save chances.
Cold5/8/2013 5:54:00 PM
Description: Diamondbacks closer J.J. Putz (elbow stifness) has been placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Insight: Putz left Tuesday's game with the injury. He has struggled this year, blowing four saves. Heath Bell will get the first crack at save chances.
Cold5/8/2013 9:45:00 AM
Description: Diamondbacks closer J.J. Putz left Tuesday night's game with elbow stiffness.
Insight: This could explain Putz's ineffectiveness (2-1, 4.26 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, four blown saves). Arizona has plenty of options if Putz is sidelined: David Hernandez, Matt Reynolds and Heath Bell. Bell has the experience and successfully closed in Tuesday's save opportunity.
Cold4/24/2013 7:29:00 PM
Description: According to, manager Kirk Gibson will stick with J.J. Putz at closer despite his struggles.
Insight: Putz (1-0, 5.00 ERA) has already blown three saves this season including one Tuesday night in San Francisco. Even Putz, who is nearing 200 saves for his career, isn't immune to the occasional slump. It's too early for fantasy owners to lose faith in him.
Cold4/24/2013 1:13:00 PM
Description: Arizona closer J.J. Putz blew his third save on Tuesday night.
Insight: Although that's more blown saves than Carlos Marmol or John Axford, he's not in danger of losing his job. Putz saved 77 games with a sub-3.00 ERA. Heath Bell or David Hernandez would be Arizona's other closing options if the slump continues.
1/14/2013 6:46:00 PM
Description: Arizona has signed closer J.J. Putz to a one-year contract extension worth $7 million. SOURCE: Nick Piecoro, Arizona Republic
Insight: Putz has saved 77 games with a sub-3.00 ERA over the last two seasons after spending 2009 and 2010 as a middle reliever. He'll have to keep it up to hold off Heath Bell and David Hernandez this season.
10/20/2012 4:11:00 PM
Description: The Diamondbacks have picked up closer J.J. Putz's team option for next season.
Insight: Putz reached 30 saves for the fourth time in his career in 2012. The 35-year-old has posted a combined 2.60 ERA over his last three seasons.
6/1/2012 2:00:00 PM
Description: Arizona closer J.J. Putz is questionable for Friday's game against San Diego with a stiff neck.
Insight: Putz has struggled this season, blowing three saves while saving 11. His 6.35 ERA and 1.412 WHIP explain everything. Last season he posted 45 saves with a 2.17 ERA and 0.914 WHIP.
5/23/2012 7:19:00 PM
Description: Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said that J.J. Putz is still the Diamondbacks closer, according to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic. Putz blew a save Tuesday and owns a 7.20 ERA on the season.
Insight: Putz has already allowed four home runs -- as many as he gave up all of last season. David Hernandez will likely grab the role should Putz continue to falter. However, Piecoro said that it didn't sound as though replacing Putz was even in consideration for Gibson.