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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 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

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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

Tigers optioned RHP Luke Putkonen to Triple-A Toledo.

Someone had to go following Monday's acquisition of Jose Veras. Putkonen has a 3.05 ERA and 17/7 K/BB ratio over 20 2/3 innings with the Tigers this season and should be back at some point later this year.
Tue, Jul 30, 2013 03:41:00 PM

Tigers recalled RHP Luke Putkonen from Triple-A Toledo.

Putkonen will provide some needed depth for the Detroit bullpen, which got heavy use this weekend in Texas. The right-hander will operate as a mid-to-long reliever.
Mon, May 20, 2013 09:01:00 AM

Tigers optioned RHP Luke Putkonen from Triple-A Toledo.

Putkonen was sent out to make room for Phil Coke who was activated from the disabled list. He appeared in two games during his brief callup, going 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA, 0.75 WHIP and 4/2 K/BB ratio over 2 2/3 innings. He'll likely return to see more action in the Tigers' bullpen at some point in the 2013 season.
Fri, May 10, 2013 10:40:00 PM

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1B1Miguel Cabrera
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SS1Eugenio Suarez
2Andrew Romine
3Jose Iglesias
3B1Nick Castellanos
LF1J.D. Martinez
2Andy Dirks
CF1Rajai Davis
2Ezequiel Carrera
RF1Torii Hunter
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3Max Scherzer
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5Rick Porcello
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R1Joe Nathan
2Joakim Soria
3Joba Chamberlain
4Al Alburquerque
5Phil Coke
6Ian Krol
7Blaine Hardy
8Jim Johnson
9Joel Hanrahan
10Luke Putkonen
11Bruce Rondon