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Diamondbacks | J.J. Putz struggling

Arizona Diamondbacks RP J.J. Putz has given up three runs on six hits and three walks, plus a hit batsman, in four appearances this spring. His fastball has gone from 86 to 88 mph early on to 88 to 90 more recently, which is still down from his average of 91.7 last year, per PITCHf/x. Manager Kirk Gibson isn't concerned. Putz went nearly a week between appearances as he tinkered with his mechanics with pitching coach Mike Harkey.

Fantasy Tip: Putz likely will play second fiddle for saves to Addison Reed when the season starts, especially if this continues.

2014-03-09 11:50:18 | Source: The Arizona Republic - Nick Piecoro

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