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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Diamondbacks Injury Updates: Eric Chavez, J.J. Putz

By on 6/10/2014 08:30:00 AM

It's been a season to forget for the Arizona Diamondbacks.  Ten games under .500 & fifteen games back of the division leading Giants, it's been a bad season.  They lost the opener of a four-game series to Houston last night and will continue that series this afternoon when Bronson Arroyo (5-4) takes on the Astros' Brad Peacock (2-4).  The Diamondbacks made a pair of DL moves on Monday, let's look at both situations.

Eric Chavez
Chavez hit the disabled list on Monday for the thirteenth time in his career.  The same knee landed him on the DL last august.  He's at the tail-end of his career at this point and a lingering injury like this could be the final straw come this offseason.  Steve Gilbert of reports:
"Chavez has been battling the knee issue since Spring Training and it finally reached the point where the club had no choice but to DL him."
Chavez has been primarily a pinch hitter for the Diamondbacks, hitting .246 this season with three doubles, a triple, three home runs & eight RBI.  He was once considered one of the bright lights at third base in his early days with Oakland but his career has been filled with so many injuries, it's amazing he can even play still.  While this is not a huge loss for the Diamondbacks, it does weaken their bench.

J.J. Putz
Putz has been on the DL since early May with a forearm injury.  The once vaunted closer has fallen back in to a reliever role with the Diamondbacks and could become a valuable trade chip next month.  Steve Gilbert reports:
"Putz, who was placed on the DL on May 4 with tightness in his right forearm, had made two rehab appearances for Reno late last week."
Those rehab appearances went quite well, as he tossed 1.2 innings of relief, allowed one hit and two walks while striking out two.  He's been a disaster on the mound for Arizona, plugging away with a 4.91 ERA in fourteen appearances.  He's not the J.J. Putz of old but he could definitely help in late innings still.  The reliever is no longer feared as he once was but if his control is there, he's still just as good.

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