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Diamondbacks place JJ Putz on DL, call up Will Harris

Putz left Tuesday's game after facing just one batter. Heath Bell will take over the closer role while he is out.

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The Arizona Diamondbacks placed closer J.J. Putz on the disabled list Wednesday due to an elbow strain. In his place, pitcher Will Harris has been called up from Triple-A.

Putz, 36, flew back to Arizona to visit with a doctor, according to Steve Gilbert of MLB.com. The Diamondbacks are in Los Angeles for a series against the Dodgers.

Putz came in to Tuesday night's game to close out a 5-3 lead against the Dodgers, but left the game after giving up a walk to the first batter he faced.Putz has a 4.26 ERA over his first 14 games this season.

After Putz left the game, Heath Bell took over and recorded the save with a perfect inning. The first indications are that Bell will take over as closer while Putz is on the disabled list.

Harris joined the Diamondbacks' organization a month ago after being claimed off waivers from the Oakland Athletics. He has posted a 4.63 ERA over 12 relief appearances in Triple-A.

Harris, 28, threw in 20 major league games for the Colorado Rockies in 2012, giving up 16 earned runs.

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