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Friday, August 29, 2014

Tigers Injury Update: Luke Putkonen starts rehab assignment

By on 8/29/2014 06:30:00 AM

The Detroit Tigers improved to 72-60 on the season with a 3-2 win over the New York Yankees on Thursday. At two games out in the American League Central, the Tigers have a good chance to make a run at a playoff spot over the final month of the season. But they need to improve upon a pitching staff that is 23rd in the league in ERA. One pitcher who could help is Luke Putkonen, who has been out the majority of the season with a elbow injury. Putkonen made his first step back with a rehab outing at Western Michigan.

Our own Darius Austin reported on August 10 that Putkonen, who has been recovering from right elbow inflammation, threw off a mound for the first time and was looking to be back in the Tigers bullpen before the end of September

As reported by James Schmehl of, Putkonen was sent to the Tigers affiliate in West Michigan to start his assignment.

Putkonen had a rough outing with the Whitecaps against the Fort Wayne TinCaps.  He came into the game in the seventh inning and allowed four runs, two hits and two walks in 2/3 of an inning. The big blow was a grand slam home run by Ronnie Richardson.

The outing was Putkonen's first since April 18.  There is no word as to how many rehab outings Putkonen will need before he is ready to return to the Tigers. His performance last night appears to indicate that he needs much more work to shake off the rust.

Putkonen is in his third Major League season out of North Carolina.  In 30 games last season, he was 1-3 with a 3.03 ERA. Putkonen made two appearances for the Tigers this season, pitching 2.2 innings & allowing eight runs, six hits, two walks and one strikeout.

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