Reed optioned to Triple-A; Putkonen to be recalled

Reed optioned to Triple-A; Putkonen to be recalled

ARLINGTON -- Evan Reed was optioned to Triple-A Toledo after the Tigers' loss to the Rangers in Sunday's series finale. That allows the Tigers to call up right-hander Luke Putkonen from Toledo, which they will do Tuesday.

Reed, whom the Tigers acquired from the Marlins on April 3, made his Major League debut in Thursday's series opener against the Rangers, allowing one run on two hits in 2 2/3 innings. He also tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing two hits, in Sunday's 11-8 loss.

"Reed certainly didn't do anything wrong," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "It's just that the pecking order says that Putkonen is pitching good and probably deserves it. That's why the move is being made."

The Tigers' third-round pick in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft, Putkonen has pitched 2 2/3 innings in two outings this year without allowing a run or hit. He is 1-2 with a 3.38 ERA in 14 career games.

Putkonen will get called up from Toledo, where he has gone 1-0 with a 1.96 ERA in 10 appearances, on Tuesday when the Tigers begin a two-game series against the Indians.

Christian Corona is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.