Arizona's Putz designated for assignment

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 20, 2014 at 8:16 pm •  Published: June 20, 2014
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PHOENIX (AP) — J.J. Putz saw it coming.

The way he had pitched and battled injuries, combined with the struggles his team was having, Putz figured it was just a matter of time before the Diamondbacks cut ties.

They did on Friday, designating their one-time closer for assignment.

"I'm not surprised; I had a feeling something like this was going to happen," Putz said on Friday from Chase Field. "I just didn't know when. They had to make a decision and this was probably the best one to make. I have nothing bad to say about anybody here."

Putz was a cornerstone to Arizona's 2011 NL West championship, providing a veteran presence while saving a career-high 45 games in his first season in the desert.

The right-hander saved 32 games in 2012, but his production dipped the past two seasons and he had a couple of health issues, including a stint on the disabled list this season due to forearm stiffness.

The 37-year-old Putz was moved into a setup role in the bullpen when Arizona signed Addison Reed this season and he had some struggles, going 1-1 with a 6.59 ERA with 14 strikeouts in 18 appearances for the last-place Diamondbacks.

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