Stiff neck keeps Putz out of action

Stiff neck keeps Putz out of action

Stiff neck keeps Putz out of action
SAN FRANCISCO -- D-backs closer J.J. Putz was unavailable for Wednesday night's game against the Giants after waking up with a stiff neck.

"He had it early in the year," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. "We just have to try to calm it down before it gets too severe."

Putz received treatment on the neck before the game and in the early innings. In the fourth inning when he tried to play catch, he was unable to get it loosened up, so he let Gibson know he was unavailable.

"I just slept wrong and it hasn't let go," Putz said.

Putz added that he thought if the D-backs had a game Thursday he would be able to pitch, but given that they have the day off, he said there's little doubt in his mind he will be ready to go Friday in San Diego.

Setup man David Hernandez got the final four outs Wednesday to pick up his first save of the year.