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Putz to make Cactus League debut March 5

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- D-backs closer J.J. Putz will make his Spring Training debut March 5 against Team Mexico.

The tentative schedule calls for Putz to pitch in nine games.

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Putz typically takes things slowly during the spring, preferring at times to work in Minor League games or utilize bullpen sessions to better work on his split-finger fastball.

Two springs ago, his debut was scheduled to be in mid-March, but he then injured his back and the team scrambled to get him into two Cactus League games and one final game against a Mexican League team at Chase Field.

Last season, he got into six Cactus League games.

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