THIS STORY JUST MOVED ON THE NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Putz is headed to New York to have his right elbow examined.
Just to follow up on our item from a couple of days ago, Mets manager Jerry Manuel
told J.J. Putz yesterday he will no longer be their eighth-inning guy.
This news came two days after Putz gave up four runs in the eighth without getting an out in an 8-5 loss to the Pirates. Rookie Bobby Parnell slides into eighth-inning duties.
Here’s Putz’s quote to the New York Daily News:
“I watched some film today, and we think we’ve found a pretty big, glaring mechanical flaw that’s kind of slowly progressed, maybe even through last year. I think we’re going in the right direction.
“When you get into those pressure-packed situations, you really don’t have a chance to work on anything. All you’re really trying to do is figure a way to get somebody out. Maybe, by taking a step back, you’re allowed to kind of pitch with a clear head and really think about what you’re doing as opposed to just trying to think about getting a guy out.”