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J.J. Putz cleared to begin rehab assignment

Jun 19, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

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Five weeks after being placed on the disabled list with a strained elbow Diamondbacks closer J.J. Putz has been cleared to begin a minor-league rehab assignment Thursday at Triple-A.

According to Steve Gilbert of MLB.com the plan is for Putz to pitch Thursday and Saturday, take Sunday off, and then try to work back-to-back games on Monday and Tuesday. If that all goes well, he’d likely come off the disabled list in the middle of next week.

Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson avoided saying that Putz would be handed the closer job once healthy, leaving the door open due to Heath Bell converting 11 of 12 save chances in his absence.

  1. Old Gator - Jun 19, 2013 at 12:16 PM

    I’m sorry. I just can’t get past this guy’s name. Call me puer aeternus if you want. I suspect that, like the putative narrator of “A Boy Named Sue,” I would have had to get tough or die going through life with a name that meant “penis” in Yiddish. Maybe he should just have it legally changed to Puta.

    • historiophiliac - Jun 19, 2013 at 12:54 PM

      Man, I wish they were bringing him back with fanfare. “The Return of The Putz” and all that.

      But, yeah, you probably wouldn’t want to surprise him with a cold bucket of water while sleeping. He’s probably gotten into a lot of fights with a name like that.

    • spudchukar - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:11 PM

      Please trade him back to the AL, so I can look forward to a possible Putz/Lackey match-up.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 19, 2013 at 1:18 PM

        *That’s* who the Jays are missing!

  2. eaglescoony24 - Jun 19, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    It’s that name that helped to make him strong….GRIT!

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