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June 13, 2008 5:34 PM

Putz relieved it was only a hyperextension

Posted by Danny O'Neil

"I went into it thinking the worst," J.J. Putz said, describing the Thursday he spent waiting for the results of a magnetic-resonance image (MRI) of his right elbow.

Putz said his fingers went numb after a pitch he threw Wednesday night in the ninth inning and he felt a shooting pain. Well those are the exact two things that he's heard used to describe ligament injuries that have required Tommy John surgery.

"They said the first they felt was the numbness in their fingers and that shooting pain," Putz said. "So when I had that, yesterday was miserable until we got the results."

A hyperextension was mild by comparison. Putz was placed on the 15-day disabled list. He said he felt pain in his elbow Friday, but characterized it as more a throbbing than a sharp pain. He won't throw at all this weekend, and will be evaluated again on Monday.

He was asked if he might begin throwing that day.

"If it's still sore than there's no way," Putz said. "But we’ll just have to play it by ear."

Putz had never been on the DL with the Mariners until this season. He missed 18 games in April with a rib injury, and now he will be out for at least a couple more weeks, but that was much better than alternative scenarios that were running through Putz's mind until he got the test results and diagnosis.

"I'm very relieved that it was nothing structural," Putz said. "Just take a few days off and start throwing again."

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