Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - The Arizona Diamondbacks activated relief pitcher J.J. Putz from the 15-day disabled list on Saturday.
The Arizona closer had missed 46 games after landing on the disabled list with a strained right elbow on May 8.
Heath Bell has filled in admirably in his absence, converting 13-of-15 save opportunities over the stretch.
It is unclear if Putz will retain the closer's role going forward. In the 14 games he appeared in prior to the DL stint, Putz was 5-for-9 in save chances with a 4.26 ERA.
Arizona cleared a spot on the roster by optioning pitcher Zeke Spruill to Triple-A Reno.