Quick hits

Luke Putkonen was back in the Tigers' clubhouse Monday after undergoing surgery last week to remove a bone spur from his left elbow. His left arm was in a protective wrap, which he said is expected to be removed Tuesday.

"The swelling's gone down quite a bit," he said. "They didn't really say [to] start playing catch [in] maybe four, six, eight weeks. [It] depends how it recovers."

• Hours after being optioned back to Triple-A Toledo, relief prospect Corey Knebel returned with a statement outing, striking out three of five batters over 1 2/3 perfect innings Sunday against Buffalo. It marked his longest perfect outing of the season.

• The Tigers took a page out of their Spring Training workout plan and had pitchers take fielding practice prior to their pregame batting practice Monday afternoon. Ausmus has occasionally scheduled extra work in the middle of homestands, including a session of pickoff work last month.

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Matt Slovin is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.