PHOENIX -- D-backs closer J.J. Putz will avoid surgery after an MRI revealed no major damage to his throwing elbow. Diagnosed with a sprained UCL ligament, the timetable for the 36-year-old's return is uncertain as of Thursday, but Putz will be shut down for at least two weeks before the club re-evaluates.
"I think we dodged a bullet," Putz said of not needing surgery. "It's not great but it could've been a lot worse. I was pretty pleased, it's a big sigh of relief."