On Wednesday night, those that follow the Arizona Diamondbacks were a tad surprised to see David Hernandez return to the mound in the ninth inning to close out the team's 4-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants. Hernandez pitched a scoreless ninth and logged his first save of the season.
J.J. Putz, who is the team's closer, did not even warm up.
Now before to start any rumors about Putz being replaced as closer, the team addressed the situation after the game. Putz woke up Wednesday morning with a sore neck and was given the night off. He treated it and said that he would be good to go for the team's next game in San Diego on Friday. He even said that he could pitch on Thursday if the team played.
Putz missed time last season and has had back issues in the past. Erring on the side of caution is probably a good idea.
However, on the other side of things, wouldn't it be nice to get a day off of work because of sleeping wrong?
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