Things just keep getting worse for the Arizona Diamondbacks. Not only have they lost four out of their last five, including Friday night’s defeat to the lowly Philadelphia Phillies, but they lost the services of reliever J.J. Putz. While trying to field Kevin Frandsen‘s ground ball in the bottom of the seventh, it ricocheted off of his hand to shortstop Cliff Pennington, who threw out Frandsen to end the inning. Putz, however, paid the price.
According to Nick Piecoro, the 36-year-old will be placed on the 15-day disabled list with a dislocated right pinky finger and a small laceration. Putz was already on the DL for 46 games this year with a sprained UCL, a strained flexor pronator and a ulnar neuritis.
The right-hander has a 3-1 record this season, with a 2.43 ERA. He has struck out 32 in 29 2/3 innings while walking 15. The former closer also has 6 saves on the year.
In his first year with the D-Backs in 2011, Putz recorded a career-high 45 saves while boasting a 2.17 ERA in 58 innings of work. Before his time in Arizona, the veteran relief pitcher was a member of the Seattle Mariners (7 years), New York Mets (1 year) and Chicago White Sox (1 year).