"He said he didn't feel the discomfort in his elbow," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said.
The Tigers have a tentative plan in place for Putkonen beyond Friday's appearance, but it's contingent on how he feels after the outing.
"If everything goes well, we'll take the next step," Ausmus said.
Matt Slovin is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.