6/28/2014 9:50 P.M. ET
D-backs release former closer Putz
By Steve Gilbert / MLB.com
SAN DIEGO -- The D-backs officially released reliever J.J. Putz on Saturday after the veteran cleared waivers.
Putz was designated for assignment by the D-backs on June 20, which allowed them up to 10 days to trade, release or outright him.
"I would like to keep pitching," said Putz at the time, adding that he was "probably not" willing to go down to the Minor Leagues.
Putz was the D-backs' closer for 2011-12 and half of 2013 before being limited by injuries. Off the field, he was a leader in the clubhouse.
"I've been on plenty of different teams, but the group of guys in that clubhouse are a special group and not being able to see those guys everyday is going to be the hardest part," Putz said. "They're just quality, character guys."
The D-backs are on the hook for the roughly $3.5 million left on Putz's contract this year. If another team signs him, they will only have to pay the prorated portion of the $500,000 minimum salary.
Troublesome shoulder to keep Owings sidelined
SAN DIEGO -- Chris Owings was out of the lineup once again Saturday and his sore left shoulder does not seem to be responding to treatment.
"It's just frustrating," Owings said. "It's not fun. Just doing all I can to get it back where I want it to be."
Owings thinks he initially hurt the shoulder when he dove and tried to avoid a tag by Giants catcher Hector Sanchez on June 20. He last appeared in a game on Wednesday, going 0-for-3 against the Indians.
D-backs manager Kirk Gibson seemed optimistic on Friday that Owings would be in the lineup Saturday, but now it appears Owings will not play Saturday or Sunday and then return to Phoenix to be examined by a doctor.
"It just doesn't seem like he's getting much better," Gibson said. "I don't think he's comfortable with it. He can play if we get into an emergency situation. Unless we get into a situation like that, he won't play."
It is Owings' non-throwing shoulder and it only bothers him when he swings the bat.
"It's been feeling better, but just taking swings it just kind of aggravates it a little bit," Owings said. "It's just not responding. I'm not really sure what happened."
Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.