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.

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.