Putz taking it slow, will debut March 7

Putz taking it slow, will debut March 7

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- D-backs closer J.J. Putz will not appear in a Cactus League game until March 7, but manager Kirk Gibson said there was nothing to worry about.

"He's great," Gibson said of Putz, who was signed to a two-year deal this winter.

Gibson said Putz has a good feel for how long it takes him to get ready for a season and that the veteran participates each day in the pitching drills in the morning.

"He's probably only going to throw seven times, maybe eight innings," Gibson said of Putz's Cactus League action. "He knows what he has to do, he's throwing the ball great, he's lights-out. He's going to do bullpens and he likes to do a lot of long toss. He wants to build his arm strength. Different people like to do it different ways."