Perry to rehab at Triple-A Toledo

The timetable appears to be set for Ryan Perry to return to action next Wednesday, when he’s eligible to come off the disabled list. Before he heads out to Seattle, though, he’s going to take a detour to Triple-A Toledo for a rehab stint.

Perry has an appointment with the team eye doctor tomorrow, which is expected to go fine. The inflammation in his eye is all but out, and other than some redness, it looks normal. Assuming he gets the clearance to wear contacts again, he’ll head down to Toledo and throw a side session at Fifth Third Field on Thursday, he said.

Perry’s rehab assignment will officially begin Friday, when he’s scheduled to pitch in relief. His outing is expected to last 30 pitches, or about two innings. He’ll throw another side session over the weekend, then pitch in one more game early next week, presumably Monday.

The Tigers are going to fly Perry out to Seattle to have him available for Wednesday afternoon’s series finale against the Mariners at Safeco Field. They could wait until they get back into town on Friday, but that doesn’t sound like the plan.  That alone should tell you how important they see him to bridging the gap between their starters and their late-inning relief duo of Joaquin Benoit and Jose Valverde.

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