Putz works back-to-back days to prep for season

Putz works back-to-back days to prep for season

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- For the first time this spring, D-backs closer J.J. Putz pitched on consecutive days Thursday and Friday, tossing a combined 2 1/3 hitless innings and striking out a pair.

"We're getting down to the end, so I wanted to extend him," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. "We certainly wanted him to go back-to-back to make sure he threw some pitches. It's nice if you're always at 10 or 11 pitches, but the reality of it is, that doesn't always happen. So it was good."

Putz, who has said he prefers to save his bullets for the regular season, threw against the Indians on Thursday before taking the mound again Friday at Salt River Fields against Double-A players from the Cubs organization. He completed 1 1/3 innings in the outing.

"He threw the ball really well, had really good location, fastball was good," Gibson said. "He threw to that extra hitter in the next inning then sat down for a bit and went in the bullpen to throw an additional 10 pitches."

So far this spring, Putz has appeared in four Cactus League games, allowing one run on a combined two hits.

D-backs starter Trevor Cahill also pitched against the Cubs' Minor Leaguers on Friday, tossing 5 1/3 innings and surrendering three runs on six hits.

"He was fine, he told me he went out hard. Normally a starting pitcher paces himself, but he really pushed himself," Gibson said. "He got tired after three innings, but that's kind of why we do it, to work him."

Tyler Emerick is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.