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Putkonen may rejoin Tigers after rehab appearance

BALTIMORE -- Luke Putkonen might make one more rehab appearance for Triple-A Toledo before rejoining the Tigers bullpen, manager Brad Ausmus said Wednesday.

Tigers officials were planning to discuss the possibility on Wednesday after Putkonen gave up three singles and a grand slam in his second inning of work for Toledo on Tuesday night.

Mud Hens manager Larry Parrish told the Toledo Blade there was some issue with Putkonen's stuff.

"I didn't think he had the pop on his fastball, the movement," Parrish told The Blade's John Wagner. "There were also some things we don't want to talk about, but that we might be able to help him with."

Putkonen made three rehab appearances over the past week between Toledo and Class A West Michigan. He went on the 15-day disabled list a few weeks ago with right elbow inflammation.

The Tigers aren't in desperate need of relief depth just yet, thanks to a string of solid starts. They'll have about 2 1/2 weeks of games following Thursday's off-day in Boston, which could eventually set up the need for a long reliever.

Jason Beck is a reporter for Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason.
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