DETROIT -- The clock has officially run out on Al Alburquerque's Minor League rehab assignment. Alburquerque spent 30 days rehabbing between Class A Lakeland and Triple-A Toledo, and the Tigers needed to make a move on Thursday.
The club announced during the series finale against Toronto that the right-hander has been reinstated from the DL and his contract was optioned to Triple-A Toledo. As a result, a spot needed to be cleared on the 40-man roster, and Thad Weber was placed on waivers and claimed by the San Diego Padres.
Weber was 7-11 with a 4.20 ERA in 22 games and 21 starts pitching for the Mud Hens this year. He appeared in two games with Detroit, allowing four runs in four innings of relief.
For Alburquerque, it's just another step in the process. The Tigers essentially had two options with his 30 days being up: Activate him from the DL and put him in the bullpen -- at the Major or Minor League level -- or keep him on the disabled list and shut him down for the year.
The Tigers decided on the former. Manager Jim Leyland has not said whether or not Alburquerque will be called up on Sept. 1 when the rosters expand. Although, if healthy, he would certainly be a weapon as he went 6-1 and struck out 67 hitters in 43 1/3 innings for Detroit last season.