Gibson says Putz is closer when he returns

Arizona Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson says J.J. Putz will be

his closer when he returns from the 15-day disabled list.

David Hernandez was 5 for 5 in save chances as the replacement

closer after finishing a 7-6 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals

on Friday.

Gibson was noncommittal on the topic Friday night because it was

right after the game.

Gibson pointed out that Hernandez is in his first season as a

reliever, gaining experience, and on the days when Putz wasn’t

available, the team would have a nice backup option.

Putz, 1-2 with a 3.12 ERA and 21 saves in 25 chances, threw in

the bullpen Friday and is set for another session Sunday before the

All-Star break. The right-hander has been on the DL with elbow