Weber optioned, Putkonen called up
Hours after the Tigers made one roster move to get a fresh arm for the bullpen, they made another one Thursday morning. After Tigers coaches and front-office people met, they announced they were optioning Thad Weber back to Triple-A Toledo.
Taking his place will be right-hander Luke Putkonen, who was not on the 40-man roster. The Tigers purchased his contract, using the spot that opened up when Al Alburquerque was transferred to the 60-day disabled list.
Putkonen came out of the same 2007 draft that produced Rick Porcello. The right-hander out of UNC had allowed two runs on nine over 13 innings this season, walking five and striking out 10.
The move has no bearing on who starts Monday in place of Adam Wilk, who was optioned to Toledo after Wednesday night’s loss. Doug Fister threw 50 pitches off the bullpen mound Thursday morning and felt great, but he’ll need at least another side session over the weekend, and probably some more work after that, before he’s ready to pitch in a game.
The Tigers will need a replacement for Fister for at least one more turn through the rotation, and probably two. They have to decide whether to move Duane Below in from the bullpen for that, or call up another starter from the Mud Hens, with Casey Crosby and Andy Oliver the likely candidates.