Monday, July 18, 2011

Putz throws smooth inning; Drew sits out

By Anthony Fenech / | 07/18/11

PHOENIX -- D-backs reliever J.J. Putz threw a successful inning Sunday night in extended spring training.

When asked about it, Putz gave a thumbs-up, indicating everything went smooth.

D-backs manager Kirk Gibson and pitching coach Charles Nagy were in attendance. Gibson said he expected Putz to throw again on Tuesday.

"He'd like to be activated probably, but I'd like to be more convinced that we're doing the right thing," he said. "I want to see him bounce back on Tuesday for sure."

Shortstop Stephen Drew wasn't in the lineup Monday night against Brewers left-hander Randy Wolf.

"He's not in the lineup, but he might win the game," Gibson said.

Drew hasn't had a multi-hit game since June 23 and is hitting .254 on the season.

"He hasn't been swinging the bat as well as he has in the past," Gibson said. "But he's out there right now, as we speak, working on it. That's what they do."

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