J.J. Putz began the 2011 baseball season with two perfect months.
The closer was 16 for 16 in save opportunities in April and May and did not blow a save until June 1.
In June, Putz is just five for nine in save opportunities and many Diamondbacks fans are beginning to wonder what has happened to their closer.
Diamondbacks General Manager Kevin Towers is not concerned despite Putz’s recent struggles.
“This guy was a set-up guy last year, he wasn’t closing,” Towers said on Sports 620 KTAR’s Doug and Wolf. “It’s a lot more intense of a role. Although he did it three or four years ago, it’s been a few years since he’s done it. I would imagine he is probably going through a bit of a dead arm period; his velocity’s been down the last couple times. This happens throughout baseball.”
The baseball season is long and Putz’s struggles have caused fans to worry, but he is still having a tremendous season.