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Triple-A rehab inning Putkonen's next step

DETROIT -- Detroit long reliever Luke Putkonen will throw an inning for Triple-A Toledo on Friday, the latest step in his recovery from right elbow inflammation.

Putkonen pitched a scoreless inning of relief on Wednesday for Class A West Michigan and felt good.

"He said he didn't feel the discomfort in his elbow," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said.

The Tigers have a tentative plan in place for Putkonen beyond Friday's appearance, but it's contingent on how he feels after the outing.

"If everything goes well, we'll take the next step," Ausmus said.

Matt Slovin is an associate reporter for
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