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Diamondbacks place J.J. Putz on disabled list, will use Heath Bell as their ninth-inning man

May 8, 2013, 7:13 PM EDT

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As expected, the Diamondbacks have placed right-hander J.J. Putz on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right elbow. Putz suffered the injury Tuesday night during a relief appearance against the Dodgers and could sidelined for an extended period of time. In fact, ESPN’s Buster Olney says “all signs point” to the veteran needing a major elbow procedure.

Will Harris, a right-handed reliever, was recalled from Triple-A Reno to fill the vacant 25-man roster spot.

Heath Bell is going to take over at closer for the Diamondbacks despite owning a rough 4.73 ERA and 1.43 WHIP through 13 1/3 innings this season.

He had a 5.09 ERA and 1.56 WHIP in 63 2/3 innings last year with Miami and blew eight saves.

If Bell falters — which seems kind of inevitable – David Hernandez will likely get the next crack.

  1. mikeincmn - May 8, 2013 at 8:00 PM

    I’m no Heath Bell fan, but he actually hasnt been that bad this year. Yes the WHIP is a little high for my tastes, but his K/BB rate is pretty good and his ERA is only due to two really bad outings, one opening day and one May 1st. Hernandez is the better pitcher, but he has been walking too many guys this season.

    I’m not saying Bell will be great, but stranger things have happened like Kevin Gregg walking off the street to be 5/5 in saves for the Cubs. I wouldnt be surprised he falters, but I dont think using his ERA which for relievers is hardly accurate as a measuring stick is fair.

  2. larryfitzgerald4mvp - May 8, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    Why don’t people take the time to research stuff instead of just saying ignorant things?

    If you take out Bell’s first appearance for Arizona, he has a 2.77 ERA in 13 innings with 18 K’s to 2 BB’s. Those numbers include a .400 BABIP, which is sure to come down based on his peripherals.

    • tuberippin - May 8, 2013 at 11:22 PM

      Probably because any time he’s been handed the 9th inning outside of San Diego he has shown a penchant for blowing saves. We’ll see how things go. Maybe he’s re-discovered his old technique, but I’m skeptical.

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