The Diamondbacks are interested in J.J. Putz

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The Tribune reports that “multiple National League sources” are saying that the Diamondbacks are interested in White Sox’ setup man J.J. Putz.

This is silly. No, not the Dbacks’ interest in Putz — he’s good and could help their crappy bullpen — but the notion of “National League sources.”  The league offices were abolished years ago, and even the umpires now work for Major League Baseball, not a league.  Clearly the sources were transferred to MLB too, weren’t they? Or are holed up in a small strip mall office with Bill White or Leonard Coleman someplace, thinking that it’s the mid-90s?

Oh well. As for Putz, I’d be rather surprised if — Arizona’s interest notwithstanding — the White Sox didn’t make a run at trying to keep him. Bobby Jenks is almost certainly going to be non-tendered, and the Sox are going to need a closer.  Obviously, of course, the ultimate decision is up to Mr. Putz.

Zack Wheeler headed to IL due to shoulder fatigue

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Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler will be placed on the 10-day injured list due to fatigue in his right shoulder, Newsday’s Tim Healey reports. The roster move is retroactive to July 12. Steven Matz will open up a two-game series in Minnesota, starting in Wheeler’s place on Tuesday.

As Healey notes, the soonest Wheeler can return is July 23, which would give him at most two starts ahead of the July 31 trade deadline. Wheeler has frequently been brought up in trade conversations as he can become a free agent after the season and the 42-51 Mets have been freefalling.

Wheeler, 29, owns a 4.69 ERA with 130 strikeouts and 34 walks across 119 innings of work this season.