Righty Putkonen to replace lefty Below in 'pen

Righty Putkonen to replace lefty Below in 'pen

Righty Putkonen to replace lefty Below in 'pen
MINNEAPOLIS -- Detroit optioned left-hander Duane Below to Triple-A Toledo following Monday's 9-3 loss to the Twins. The Tigers will recall right-hander Luke Putkonen from Toledo before Tuesday's game against Minnesota.

Below posted a 3.88 ERA in 46 1/3 innings over 27 games. The 26-year-old struggled when called on in Monday's loss, giving up three runs on three hits in one inning.

"He really hasn't gotten that much opportunity to be sharp, to be honest with you, with the role he's in," manager Jim Leyland said. "So we're going to send him down, get him working, and hopefully sharpen him up a little bit.

"It's a little unfair to ask a guy to do sometimes what we ask him to do. But at the same time, when you're in the Major Leagues, you have to be able to do that. You have to be able to come in -- it's 5-1 -- you have to be able to hold it a little bit. He struggled with that a little bit. So we're just making a move."

Putkonen scuffled in his first stint with Detroit earlier this season, recording an 8.59 ERA in six games. But he's 2-2 with a 4.68 ERA for Toledo and hasn't given up a run in his last 11 innings.

"He's been throwing pretty well," Leyland said. "He's a multiple-inning guy. We just felt like it was necessary."