Luke Putkonen News Archive

Detroit Tigers release reliever Luke Putkonen

Luke Putkonen entered camp with a chance to crack the Detroit Tigers' opening day roster. Now, he's out of a job. Putkonen has been released, the Tigers confirmed early Saturday. The move was made nearly two months after the 28-year-old was outrighted to Triple-A Toledo. Putkonen was extended an invitation to big league camp this spring as a non-roster invitee.

Luke Putkonen may be cleared to pitch this season

Tigers long reliever Luke Putkonen still has a chance to be ready to pitch by season's end, according to head athletic trainer Kevin Rand. "He's throwing with that in mind," Rand said of Putkonen, out since mid-April with right elbow inflammation. Putkonen threw off a mound for the first time in his rehab process Friday, delivering a 25-pitch bullpen session that included only fastballs.

Detroit Tigers' Luke Putkonen is just happy to pitch in

For the record, Luke Putkonen doesn't really care. As long as he's pitching in the big leagues and helping the Tigers win, he's not sweating whether he's starting games or coming in from the bullpen. "I feel like I can be used however they want," Putkonen said. "I spent most of my minor league career as a starter but I am enjoying being a reliever."

Detroit Tigers recall Luke Putkonen

In the midst of a tight pennant race, the Detroit Tigers have used the expanded September rosters to add a reliever from their farm system. Luke Putkonen, who made his Major League debut on April 26 of this year, was recalled from Toledo recently.

Luke Putkonen recalled by Detroit

Remember Luke Putkonen? He's back. The Detroit Tigers placed ailing right-hander Octavio Dotel on the disabled list on Tuesday, while also announcing the return of reliever Putkonen. Also a right-hander, Putkonen didn't have a great debut to his major-league career, as he left the Tigers with an 8.59 ERA and 2.59 WHIP. Some of that was just bad luck.

Luke Putkonen called up by Detroit Tigers

The Detroit Tigers optioned pitcher Thad Weber to Triple-A Toledo this morning and will call up right-handed reliever Luke Putkonen. The move was made, in part, to strengthen the Tigers bullpen after a stretch of six games has taxed the team’s relievers.

Luke Putkonen will make first pro playoff start in must-win game

Luke Putkonen pitched on the grandest stage in college baseball while playing for UNC. As a sophomore, he started for the Tar Heels in the championship game of the 2007 College World Series. North Carolina lost to Oregon State, 9-3. Putkonen will get his first taste of playoff baseball at the professional level when he takes the hill for the West Michigan Whitecaps on Friday night.

Seniors Form Baseball's Backbone

With this senior class playing for a third-straight trip to the College World Series, numbers do not accurately reflect its importance to this program. Eight members of that original 13-man class have since departed Chapel Hill, as most are now playing professionally, including Andrew Carignan, Luke Putkonen, Josh Horton and Reid Fronk.

Cary Super Regional: Who has the edge?

Developing elite pitchers has become a tradition for North Carolina. Most recently, Andrew Miller, Daniel Bard, Luke Putkonen and Robert Woodard blossomed into premier pitchers. The same goes for sophomore right-hander Alex White and others this season. Fellow weekend starters Adam Warren and Matt Harvey have also had impressive campaigns.

CWS: Saturday's Pitching Preview

Freshman Alex White has struggled mightily in the postseason, but just like Robert Woodard and Luke Putkonen have done, White is due for a big time start here in Omaha. White last pitched in the 14-4 loss to Rice that sent the Tar Heels into the loser's bracket. White went just 1 1/3 innings, giving up five hits and six runs by walking one and striking out one.

Champions Take Different Path to Finals

Because Coach Mike Fox had to use the top starters Robert Woodard and Adam Wooten against the Owls, the struggling freshman right-hander Alex White (0-2, 16.76 E.R.A. in three postseason starts) will start Game 1. The sophomore Luke Putkonen (8-1), who pitched a seven-inning three-hitter to beat Louisville in an elimination game Tuesday, is scheduled to start Game 2 against the Oregon State junior Mike Stutes (11-4).

Heels get some pitching

As he watched Logan Johnson's home run sail over the left-field wall in the first inning, North Carolina coach Mike Fox tried to hide his reaction: "Here we go again." But thanks to starting pitcher Luke Putkonen -- seven innings, seven strikeouts that tied a career high and only two more hits allowed -- the Tar Heels defeated Louisville 3-1 in an elimination game at the College World Series.

Luke Putkonen comes through in clutch for Tar Heels

Mixing a mid 90s fastball with an effective changeup and a devastating curveball, Luke Putkonen gave the Tar Heels exactly what they had been looking for throughout the NCAA tournament — a quality start. "I really mixed it up today, I knew I had to with the way they can hit. My breaking ball was probably the best it has been all year," Putkonen said.

Heels Deal Cards Out

Against the most prolific run-scoring team remaining in the 2007 College World Series, North Carolina starter Luke Putkonen tossed a gem on Tuesday, as the Tar Heels eliminated Louisville by way of a 3-1 decision. The win set a UNC record for most in a season, and facilitated a rematch with Rice Wednesday at 2 p.m. EST (ESPN2).

Tar Heels stay alive

North Carolina is proving the adage that good pitching beats good hitting any day. North Carolina’s starters had been anything but good the past two weeks, and Louisville had the hottest-hitting team in the NCAA Tournament. But Luke Putkonen and two relievers limited the Cardinals to three hits, and the Tar Heels won 3-1 in a College World Series elimination game yesterday.

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