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Mariners place right-handed pitcher J.J. Putz on 15-day disabled list04/02/2008 6:00 PM ET
SEATTLE -- Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Bill Bavasi announced today that the Mariners have placed right-handed pitcher J.J. Putz on the 15-day disabled list. Seattle has selected right-handed pitcher Roy Corcoran from AAA Tacoma to take his spot on the roster. Putz felt discomfort on a pitch to Michael Young in the 9th inning last night and was sore after the game. The Mariners had a precautionary MRI exam done today. It revealed that Putz has mild costochondritis on his right side. Costochondritis is inflammation where cartilage attaches to a rib. Corcoran will be in uniform (#48) and available for tonight's game vs. the Texas Rangers. Putz, 31, appeared in both of Seattle's games this season, recording a save on Opening Day. Yesterday he allowed a two-run home run in the 9th inning, blowing his first save opportunity since Aug. 1, 2007 vs. the Angels. During Spring Training, Putz went 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA (4 ER, 8.0 IP) in eight relief appearances. He was named the Most Valuable Pitcher by the Seattle Chapter of the BBWAA and also became the first Mariners pitcher to win the American League Rolaids Relief Man Award in 2007. Corcoran, 27, had not yet appeared in a game with the Rainiers, who open their season tomorrow. He was one of Seattle's final cuts this spring after posting a 0-1 record with a 6.75 (4 ER, 5.1IP) in 5 relief appearances. Corcoran spent the 2007 season at AAA Albuquerque in the Florida Marlins organization. He went 4-4 with a 3.54 ERA (24 ER, 61.0 IP) in 53 relief appearances and finished fourth in the Pacific Coast League with 15 saves. Corcoran has also pitched in the Majors in parts of three seasons with Montreal/Washington (2003, 2004, 2006). He was signed by the Mariners as a minor league free agent on Nov. 20, 2007.
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