J.J. Putz Could Be Demoted From the Set-Up Role

ed feverCorrespondent IJune 2, 2009

NEW YORK - MAY 13:  J.J. Putz #22 of the New York Mets looks on against the Atlanta Braves on May 13, 2009 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The Braves defeated the Mets 8-7 in twelve innings.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Bart Hubbuch of the NY Post is reporting that Jerry Manuel will have a talk with J.J. Putz on Wednesday, and there's speculation that the struggling set-up man may lose his eighth inning role.

Many, including myself, have been saying that Bobby Parnell should be setting-up until Putz gets himself right.
Putz has a record of 1-4 with two blown saves and a 4.36 ERA this season.

Asked if that meant he was planning to give Putz's set-up role to Bobby Parnell, Pedro Feliciano or a combination of those two, Manuel smiled.

"I'm going to have that conversation [Wednesday]," he said. "If I tell you now, then that'll get me in trouble." source NY Post