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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Alburquerque comes off DL, optioned to Toledo

The clock was ticking on Al Alburquerque's injury rehab stint, so the Tigers bought some more time for the right-handed reliever Thursday.

Alburquerque was recalled from his rehab stint, reinstated from the 60-day disabled list — where he'd been for most of the regular season, after offseason elbow surgery — and optioned him to Toledo, allowing him to continue to his comeback. He's gone 1-0 with 2.70 ERA in five appearances (6.2 IP), striking out 10 and walking three.

To make room for him on the 40-man roster, the Tigers placed right-handed starter Thad Weber on waivers. He was claimed by the San Diego Padres.

"Will truly miss all of my coaches and teammates here in this organization. Relationships were built for a lifetime here," Weber tweeted after the move was announced. "Thanks to the fans in Detroit for being great in my short time there. The D is a special place, and I hope to make it back soon."


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