With Doug Fister laid up with a groin injury, the Tigers announced earlier in the week Drew Smyly would be recalled from Toledo after Friday's game. Smyly will replace Fister in the rotation, and will make a spot start against the Angels on Saturday.
Tigers optioned Luke Putkonen to Toledo following tonight's game. Drew Smyly will be recalled on Saturday.— Brian Britten (@BBritten_Tigers) August 25, 2012
Putkonen was called up for the 2nd time this season on August 13th, replacing Duane Below on the roster. The move made little sense, as Putkonen did nothing more than take up space in the bullpen.
Putkonen only made 1 appearance in this go-around with the Tigers, pitching 2 1/3 scoreless innings in a loss to the Orioles on August 19th, lowering his season ERA to 6.52.