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Jacob Turner, Alex Avila set to return to Tigers; Luke Putkonen and Bryan Holaday optioned

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Even ironmen hit the DL sometimes. However Alex Avila is returning Thursday.
Even ironmen hit the DL sometimes. However Alex Avila is returning Thursday.

Updated: Bryan Holaday was optioned Thursday morning to make room for Alex Avila, who will start this afternoon's game.

The Tigers announced one roster move after Wednesday's game and will wait to make a decision on the other.

Right-handed starter Jacob Turner has been recalled from Triple-A Toledo, while reliever Luke Putkonen was optioned back to the Mud Hens. Meanwhile, we know catcher Alex Avila will return to the Tigers Thursday, but no decision has been made on the corresponding move. Catcher Bryan Holaday was probably headed off the roster, but Gerald Laird's hamstring injury means Detroit will wait a day to come to a decision. Laird could hit the DL, but if that's not necessary Holaday will likely be optioned.

Turner has a 3.43 ERA in seven starts for the Triple-A Mud Hens. But, he is not striking out many (5.8 K / 9 IP) and he's walking too many (4.3 BB / 9 IP) with the Hens. However, Turner's last start showed promise. He walked just two and allowed four hits, while striking out six. Turner has not allowed more than one earned run during his past three starts, with only four runs scoring during that time.

Avila is returning from a right-hamstring sprain. As the Toledo Blade's John Wagner detailed during his in-game blog, is ready to return to Detroit:

"I feel great physically and mentally. The last three days were about getting back in the rhythm of the game."

Catcher Bryan Holaday drew the short straw, as expected. He'll be headed back to Triple-A. He made three appearances, totaling 10 plate appearances. In those he had three hits and a sacrifice. Holaday played on June 6 and 7, then not again until June 15, and not since.

Relief pitcher Luke Putkonen also was optioned to Toledo. He did not make an appearance after being recalled.