The Detroit Tigers have recalled relief pitcher Luke Putkonen from minor league rehab, but he will remain on the 15-day disabled list. Putkonen's next stop will be to see orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews next week. Andrews is best known as MLB's go-to surgeon for Tommy John surgery.
Putkonen has been on the 15-day DL since April 19 with right elbow inflammation. He was cleared to start rehab after an MRI in late April showed no structural damage.
28-year-old right-hander's first injury rehab appearance went well, pitching a scoreless inning with Single-A West Michigan. But he next assignment with Triple-A Toledo did not go nearly as well. Putkonen was rocked in two appearances with the Mud Hens, allowing five runs and seven hits in four innings of work, forcing the Tigers to recall him from rehab.
Expected to be the team's long-relief arm this season, Putkonen never got on track after an excellent spring training. In two appearances with the Tigers before being placed on the disabled list, Putkonen was knocked around to the tune of a 27.00 ERA. In 2 2/3 innings, Putkonen allowed eight runs on six hits, two of those home runs. along with walking four and striking out only one.