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DETROIT -- Ian Krol began his road back to the Tigers' bullpen Friday night by pitching an inning of relief for Class A West Michigan to begin a Minor League rehab assignment.

Krol, who went on the 15-day disabled list two weeks ago with what he described as a "dead arm" but which the Tigers classified as left shoulder inflammation, pitched a perfect seventh inning with a strikeout for the Whitecaps at Fort Wayne.

As long as Krol's arm feels fine Saturday, the plan calls for him to pitch another inning for West Michigan on Sunday, also at Fort Wayne. If he feels healthy after that, he'll return to Detroit, where he'll likely be activated from the DL in time for Tuesday's series opener against the Dodgers at Comerica Park.

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