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39 Luke Putkonen RP
Height/Weight: 6-6/217 | Birthdate: 5/10/1986 | Birthplace: Wheaton, IL | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Detroit | College: | MLB Experience: 3 | Salary: /images/baseball/mlb/players/170x170/1954843.png | Owned/Started%: 0/0

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Tigers release Luke Putkonen


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) The Tigers released pitcher Luke Putkonen on Saturday. 

Putkonen missed most of last season with an elbow injury, and the team outrighed him to Triple-A in January, removing him from the 40-man roster. He had a non-roster invitation to Major League camp, but he had a 7.36 ERA in four games. 


Tigers reassign Putkonen, Duran, Mantiply to minor-league camp


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/17/2015) The Tigers announced some roster cuts on Tuesday, per the Detroit Free Press. The team reassigned right-hander Luke Putkonen and left-handers Omar Duran and Joe Mantiply to minor-league camp.

Tigers RP Luke Putkonen clears waivers, outrighted to Triple-A


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/15/2015) The Tigers announced Thursday reliever Luke Putkonen was outrighted to Triple-A Toledo. He was designated for assignment last week.

Tigers' Luke Putkonen throwing at 100 percent


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/10/2015) Tigers pitcher Luke Putkonen is throwing at 100 percent, according to the Detroit Free Press

Putkonen made two appearances for Detroit last season, but underwent elbow surgery in June. He was designated for assignment by the club on Tuesday, and could become a free-agent if he isn't claimed on waivers.


Tigers sign reliever Gorzelanny to one-year deal, DFA Putkonen


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/6/2015) The Tigers announced Tuesday they agreed to terms with pitcher Tom Gorzelanny on a one-year deal. To clear a roster spot, pitcher Luke Putkonen was designated for assignment.

The 32-year-old Gorzelanny spent the 2014 season pitching out of the Brewers' bullpen. However, he missed the first few months of the season recovering from shoulder surgery. He posted a 0.86 ERA and 1.43 WHIP in 23 relief appearances. He struck out 23 batters in 21 innings.

The 28-year-old Putkonen made just two appearances for Detroit in 2014, posting a 27.00 ERA. He is 1-5 with a 4.66 ERA in 44 career relief appearances.


Tigers activate Luke Putkonen, Drew VerHagen from DL


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/31/2014) The Tigers have activated pitchers Luke Putkonen and Drew VerHagen from the 60-day disabled list Friday.

VerHagen missed most of the season due to a back injury. Putkonen had surgery in June to repair a bone spur. 


Luke Putkonen knocked around during rehab game


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/29/2014) Tigers pitcher Luke Putkonen was knocked around in his first rehab appearance.

Putkonen gave up four runs in just 2/3 of an inning. He allowed two hits, including a home run, and walked two batters. Putkonen is attempting to come back after June elbow surgery. 


Luke Putkonen beginning rehab assignment Thursday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2014) Tigers pitcher Luke Putkonen is expected to take his recovery from elbow surgery out on rehab assignment Thursday, the team announced. Putkonene will begin his assignment for Class A West Michigan, though it is not clear how long he is expected to stay on assignment at this point. 

Luke Putkonen throws 25-pitch bullpen session Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/8/2014) Tigers pitcher Luke Putkonen threw a 25-pitch bullpen session Friday and experienced no pain, MLive.com reports.

It was Putkonen's first bullpen session since undergoing elbow surgery in mid-June. He could go out on a rehab assignment as some point in August before the end of the minor-league season if he doesn't encounter any setbacks.

"With only a month left in the minor-league season, even if he can get ready, there's really no place for him to do a rehab assignment, so I don't know what will happen," manager Brad Ausmus said. "I don't know if he will be ready."


Tigers move Luke Putkonen to 60-day DL


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/22/2014) The Tigers transferred reliever Luke Putkonen from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL. He underwent arthroscopic elbow surgery earlier this month.

Report: Luke Putkonen has arthroscopic surgery on elbow


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/13/2014) Tigers right-hander Luke Putkonen underwent successful arthroscopic surgery Thursday to repair what is basically inflammation in his elbow joint, the team has announced.

Putkonen has been sidelined since mid-April after pitching in just two games this season and giving up eight runs in 2 2/3 innings.

He is expected to be out 6-8 weeks.


Luke Putkonen to start playing catch in a week


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/26/2014) Tigers reliever Luke Putkonen (elbow) said Sunday he plans to start playing catch in about a week, per the Detroit Free Press. Putkonen plans to try some new stretching exercises to help in his recovery.

"It’s just basically a lot of inflammation in the back of the elbow joint," Putkonen said.


Luke Putkonen not having elbow surgery


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2014) Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Thursday reliever Luke Putkonen will not have elbow surgery after consulting with Dr. James Andrews, per the Detroit Free Press. Putkonen will continue to rest and rehab.

Luke Putkonen stops rehab stint; visit with doc next


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/16/2014) The continued struggles of right-hander Luke Putkonen in his Triple-A rehab stint has spurred the Tigers to halt that assignment in favor of an examination by noted surgeon Dr. James Andrews. The visit is scheduled for Wednesday.

Putkonen originally landed on the disabled list in mid-April with what was described as elbow inflammation.


Struggles might push return back for Luke Putkonen


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2014) Reliever Luke Putkonen might require another rehab assignment at Triple-A Toledo before rejoining the Tigers, per the Toledo Blade.

That assessment came after the right-hander, who is dealing with elbow inflammation, yielded three singles and a grand slam Tuesday night. Mud Hens manager Larry Parrish warned that he noticed problems with Putkonen's stuff.

"I didn't think he had the pop on his fastball, the movement," Parrish said.


Luke Putkonen tosses scoreless inning in rehab outing


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/7/2014) Tigers pitcher Luke Putkonen gave up one hit in a scoreless seventh inning during his first rehab appearance with Class A West Michigan Wednesday.

Putkonen is on the disabled list due to elbow inflammation. He endured a rough performance before hitting the disabled list, giving up eight earned runs in two innings over two appearances.


Luke Putkonen to pitch Wednesday in minors


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5/5/2014) Tigers reliever Luke Putkonen, who's on the DL with right elbow inflammation, is scheduled to make a rehab outing Wednesday for Class A West Michigan, reports MLB.com. Putkonen was hit hard in his two major-league appearances this year.

Luke Putkonen throws 35 pitches Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/3/2014) Tigers pitcher Luke Putkonen threw 35 pitches Friday in his first bullpen session since hitting the disabled list, MLive.com reports.

Putkonen threw long toss Saturday, and he has another bullpen session scheduled for Sunday. If all goes well this weekend, he could end up beginning a rehab assignment at some point next week.


Tigers make two DL moves Monday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2014) The Tigers announced Monday they placed pitcher Luke Putkonen on the 15-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation to make room on the roster for J.D. Martinez, who was recalled from Triple-A Toledo.

To make room on the 40-man roster for Martinez, outfielder Andy Dirks (back) was moved from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL.


Tigers remove Luke Putkonen from roster


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(10/12/2013) The Tigers have decided to remove relief pitcher Luke Putkonen off the roster for the American League Championship Series against Boston.

Putkonen, who was reassigned to the minor leagues, saw his roster spot taken by Phil Coke.

The 27-year-old Putkonen had a 3.03 ERA over 30 relief appearances for the Tigers on the regular season.

Tigers recall Luke Putkonen


by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com
(9/2/2013) The Tigers have recalled pitcher Luke Putkonen from Triple-A Toledo, MLB.com reports. Putkonen posted a 2.78 ERA with 21 strikeouts in 22 2/3 innings for Detroit earlier in the season and a 1.91 ERA in 37 2/3 innigns with Toledo.

Tigers send Luke Putkonen down


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(8/31/2013) The Tigers have optioned reliever Luke Putkonen to Class A Lakeland Saturday, MLB.com reports.

Putkonen made one appearance this time up for the Tigers. He struck out four over two shutout innings. He has a 2.78 ERA.


Tigers call on Luke Putkonen


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/29/2013) The Tigers called for a reinforcement in the bullpen Wednesday, with the recall of reliever Luke Putkonen. Jose Alvarez was optioned to Triple-A Toledo to make room for Putkonen.

Putkonen has a 3.05 ERA in 20 2/3 innings for the Tigers this season. 


Luke Putkonen sent down


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2013) Tigers reliever Luke Putkonen has been sent to Triple-A Tuesday.

The team had to make room for recently acquired reliever Jose Veras, and chose to get rid of Putkonen. In 20 2/3 innings, Putkonen had a 3.05 ERA.


Luke Putkonen ejected for throwing at Alexei Ramirez


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/11/2013) Tigers reliever Luke Putkonen was ejected Thursday for throwing a pitch behind White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez in the top of the sixth inning, causing benches to clear. The pitch came after rookie Josh Phegley hit a grand slam off Anibal Sanchez.

Putkonen threw three pitches and lasted just a third of an inning before his ejection in a 6-3 loss. He has a 2.70 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP over 20 innings of relief.