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Report: J.J. Putz opting for rehab over surgery

There is good news on the J.J. Putz injury front for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports is reporting that Putz’s injuries aren’t as serious as first thought and the 36-year-old has opted to rehab the elbow instead of having surgery.

The veteran reliever was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday, a day after he had to leave Arizona’s win over the Dodgers after throwing just four pitches.

Initially, D-backs’ GM Kevin Towers wasn’t very optimistic about Putz’s prognosis.

“We’ll see once we get the results back, but it’s more than likely going to be a lot longer than two weeks,” Towers told Doug and Wolf on Arizona Sports 620. “Hopefully it’s not Tommy John (surgery), but we’ll know more probably later (Wednesday) afternoon.”

There is no timetable on Putz’s return. Veteran Heath Bell has taken over the closer duties and right-hander Will Harris was recalled from Triple-A Reno Wednesday to fill Putz’s roster spot