J.J. Putz returns from DL list

The Arizona Diamondbacks have reinstated closer J.J. Putz who had been on the disabled list.

Putz went on the DL due to a right elbow strain on May 7. Putz was 2-1 with five saves in nine chances, and had a 4.26 ERA in 14 games before going on the DL, according to the Associated Press. Heath Bell was the Diamondbacks fill in closer while Putz was on the DL. Bell converted 13 of 15 save opportunities while filling in for Putz, according to The Sports Network. Putz missed 46 games while on the DL.

Putz may not return to his closing role. Whether he does or not is unclear at this time.

“I haven’t said that” Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson told MLB.com. “I’ve got to talk to J.J. about it.”

Putz pitched in back-to-back games for Triple-A Reno on Monday and Tuesday, MLB.com reports.

Right-handed pitcher Zeke Spruill was sent to Triple-A Reno. Spruill appeared in four games for the Diamondbacks. He allowed one run in four and a third innings during those four games.


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