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 issuing a four-pitch walk to Dodgers infielder Nick Punto leading off the ninth inning. He walked off the diamond flexing his right hand and elbow. Manager Kirk Gibson said following the game that Putz was experiencing elbow stiffness and would need to be evaluated. Heath Bell relieved Putz and retired the side for his second save of the season. Bell will be Arizona's closer in Putz's absence. "I think he threw the second pitch and said he got tingling throughout his hand and really had no feeling," Diamondbacks' general manager Kevin Towers told Doug and Wolf on Arizona Sports 620 Wednesday. "We'll see once we get the results back, but it's more than likely going to be a lot longer than two weeks. "Hopefully it's not Tommy John (surgery), but we'll know more probably later (Wednesday) afternoon." Harris has two saves and a 4.63 ERA in 12 appearances at Reno this season. The 28-year-old has limited Major League experience, pitching in 20 games out of the Colorado bullpen in 2012, posting a 1-1 record and an 8.15 ERA in 17.2 innings of work. Originally a ninth round pick of Colorado in 2006 out of LSU, Harris was waived by the Rockies in April and claimed by the Oakland Athletics, who then waived him three days later.
D-backs put J.J. Putz on DL; recall Will Harris
Arizona Sports | May 8