Putkonen's rehab hits a snag; reliever will visit Dr. James Andrews
The reliever, who has been on the disabled list since April 19, will remain there, and have his elbow checked out by Dr. James Andrews next Wednesday.
The Tigers recalled his rehabilitation assignment from Toledo on Friday.
Putkonen made three rehabilitation appearances since May 7, the last coming on Tuesday at Triple-A Toledo, when he gave up four runs on five hits in two innings.
The soreness in Putkonen’s throwing elbow, which sidelined him after two appearances with the Tigers, dated back to spring training. The team hoped rest would clear up the issue, and it initially appeared it had.
“It felt good,” Putkonen told The Oakland Press after his first rehabilitation start. “(It was) just irritation in the joint, inflammation.”