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Hot Stone League

Larry Stone gives his take on a wide array of baseball issues and weighs in about the Mariners, too.

June 4, 2009 at 1:58 PM

J.J. Putz update: Demoted to seventh inning. UPDATE TO THE UPDATE: Putz to get elbow examined

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.”

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