The Tigers announced that they have optioned the contract of LHP Duane Below to Triple-A Toledo. They will recall RHP Luke Putkonen.
Below has not pitched much in recent games, making just two appearances this month and four since July 17. When he does pitch, he's not always effective. Against the Twins on Monday, he allowed three runs in an inning of work. That marked the fourth consecutive appearance he allowed runs. Still, it's hard to fault Below too much here when he's getting such little work.
Putkonen had an 8.59 ERA in six appearances earlier this year. In Toledo (stats), he has a 4.68 ERA in 22 appearances. His ERA over the last 10 appearances is 5.40. During those 10 appearances, he has 23 strikeouts and nine walks in 28 1/3 innings.