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Luke Putkonen | Relief Pitcher

Team: Detroit Tigers
Age / DOB:  (28) / 5/10/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 217
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Tigers activated RHP Luke Putkonen from the 60-day disabled list.
Putkonen missed most of the season with elbow issues before finally undergoing surgery in June to remove a bone spur. He'll be fine for spring training and will compete for a bullpen job. Oct 31 - 2:39 PM

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Luke Putkonen (elbow) is set to begin a rehab assignment Thursday with Low-A West Michigan.

Putkonen has been out since April with an elbow injury and underwent surgery in June to remove a bone spur. He should be an option for the Tigers' bullpen at some point in September, but they're not going to rush him back. Putkonen owns a 4.66 career major league ERA.
Aug 28 - 9:50 AM

Luke Putkonen is close to beginning a rehab assignment following June surgery to remove a bone spur from his elbow.

Putkonen has been on the disabled list since April 21. Unfortunately, he's not going to have much of a chance to pitch in the minors after such a long absence, so even if he's activated by the Tigers in September, it probably won't be to pitch meaningful innings.
Aug 23 - 1:30 PM

Tigers transferred RHP Luke Putkonen from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

The move was made in order to clear room on the 40-man roster for the addition of Pat McCoy. Putkonen is out indefinitely after undergoing elbow surgery earlier this month.
Jun 22 - 1:28 PM

Luke Putkonen underwent arthroscopic surgery Thursday to remove a posterior osteophyte from his right elbow.

Putkonen got two opinions last month that said he didn't need an operation, but he wound up having one as it turns out. He'll be re-evaluated after 6-8 weeks of rest and rehab before the Tigers determine a possible timetable for the right-hander.
Jun 13 - 2:34 PM

A second opinion from Dr. James Andrews has confirmed that Luke Putkonen (elbow) does not need surgery.

"There's no talk of surgery," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. "Just treatment and rehab." Putkonen, who has been on the disabled list since mid-April with right elbow inflammation, was recently pulled off his rehab assignment due to renewed soreness. It's not clear how much longer he'll be sidelined.
Source: Detroit News
May 23 - 10:22 AM

Luke Putkonen (elbow) has been recalled from his rehab assignment and will visit Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday.

Well, that's never a good sign. Putkonen had appeared in three rehab games but is evidently still having issues with his pitching elbow. He went on the DL in mid-April with what was called elbow inflammation at the time. It sounds like the injury is worse than originally thought, but we'll just have to see what Dr. Andrews says.
May 16 - 12:15 PM

Luke Putkonen (elbow) will begin a minor league rehab assignment Wednesday with Class A West Michigan.

Putkonen has been sidelined for two weeks with right elbow inflammation. The Tigers could send him to Triple-A once he's back to full health.
May 5 - 4:37 PM

Luke Putkonen (elbow) threw a bullpen session Friday.

And he woke up Saturday with no issues. Putkonen is scheduled to throw live batting practice on Sunday and could be an option for the Tigers' bullpen in a week.
May 3 - 4:29 PM

Tigers placed RHP Luke Putkonen on the 15-day disabled list with elbow inflammation.

The move creates roster space for J.D. Martinez, who was promoted from Triple-A Toledo. Putkonen, over 2 2/3 innings spanning two appearances, has allowed eight runs on two walks and six hits, including two home runs.
Apr 21 - 12:52 PM

Luke Putkonen retired all four Nationals he faced on Thursday and has yet to allow a run in 10 1/3 innings this spring.

He's allowed just three hits in his eight appearances. Putkonen looked like something of an underdog to win a spot in Detroit's revamped bullpen at the beginning of the spring, but it will be hard not to take him now.
Mar 20 - 4:17 PM

Tigers reassigned RHP Luke Putkonen to the minor leagues.

Phil Coke, who has dealt with soreness in his flexor tendon since mid-September, was added to the Tigers' ALCS roster, taking Putkonen's spot. Coke won't be used in high-leverage situations initially. The 27-year-old Putkonen logged a 3.03 ERA over 30 relief appearances for Detroit in 2013.
Sat, Oct 12, 2013 10:57:00 AM

Tigers recalled RHP Luke Putkonen from Triple-A Toledo.

The 27-year-old right-hander has a cool 2.78 ERA and 21/7 K/BB ratio in 22 2/3 innings this season with Detroit. Putkonen will pitch in a middle relief role.
Mon, Sep 2, 2013 09:41:00 AM

Tigers optioned RHP Luke Putkonen to High-A Lakeland.

Putkonen was just recalled on Wednesday and has 2.78 ERA and 1.28 WHIP over 22 2/3 innings. He'll be back with the Tigers early next week.
Sat, Aug 31, 2013 03:29:00 PM

Tigers recalled RHP Luke Putkonen from Triple-A Toledo.

With the bullpen being leaned on heavily in Wednesday's loss to the Athletics, Putkonen will provide additional depth until September call-ups. He's done a nice job in the Tigers' pen this season, posting a 3.05 ERA and 17/7 K/BB ratio over 20 2/3 innings.
Wed, Aug 28, 2013 11:25:00 PM

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