Mariners closer J.J. Putz has soreness in his right elbow. That's pretty much all we know about why Putz had to come out of the ninth inning.
UPDATE: I'm going regret this... but here's my appearance with Ian Furness on KJR where I somehow manage to compare Freddie Prinze Jr. I'm an idiot.
Manager John McLaren noticed Putz shaking his arm on a few different occasions and finally went out there with a trainer and pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre to check on him.
Sign Up and Save
Get six months of free digital access to The News Tribune
"He was honest with us and said it was barking," McLaren said.
McLaren said this is the first problem Putz has had with the elbow.
"You should ask him, but I haven't had any indications from Mel or Norm, and J.J. hasn't said anything about it," McLaren said.
Putz declined to talk with the media. He did relay through the Mariners media relations that he doesn't what the problem is and he hasn't had this before.
Putz said he'd be able to discuss more on Friday. Putz missed about a month earlier this season with soreness in his ribs.