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Tigers drop former closer

DETROIT — The Tigers designated reliever Jose Valverde for assignment less than two months after bringing the veteran right-hander back to the majors for another chance to be the closer.

Valverde had a 5.59 ERA and nine saves in 12 chances. The Tigers likely will use former Rays RHP Joaquin Benoit in most save situations for the time being.

Detroit has 10 days to make a move with Valverde, 35. GM Dave Dombrowski said he'd like Valverde to go to the minor leagues.

The Tigers recalled RHP Al Alburquerque from Triple-A Toledo to replace Valverde in the bullpen.

REHAB RESTARTS: The Cardinals cleared RHP Chris Carpenter to resume rehabbing from a lower-back injury after the team got outside medical opinions about his comeback from nerve issues. Carpenter played catch and is scheduled for a light bullpen session today.

SLUGGER RETIRES: Carlos Lee, 37, announced his retirement after 14 seasons. The three-time All-Star outfielder batted .285 with 358 home runs.

DYKSTRA FREE: Former All-Star OF Lenny Dykstra, 50, was released from a California prison after serving time for bankruptcy fraud.

ANGELS: LHP Jason Vargas went on the 15-day disabled list after a blood clot was found in his left armpit.

BRAVES: INF Ramiro Pena went on the 15-day disabled list with a right shoulder strain.

METS: LHP Jon Niese has a partially torn rotator cuff but might be able to avoid surgery. Niese was put on the 15-day DL.

PHILLIES: 2B Chase Utley, out since May 21 with a right oblique strain, was activated from the DL.

RANGERS: DH Lance Berkman doesn't expect to get much, if any, action in a series in St. Louis while getting time off for rest and knee soreness. … 1B Mitch Moreland, who had been out for two weeks with a strained right hamstring, was activated from the DL.

RED SOX: Manager John Farrell named RHP Koji Uehara his new closer, replacing RHP Andrew Bailey, who had blown three of his past five save attempts.

YANKEES: The team acquired minor-league INF Brent Lillibridge from the Cubs for a player to be named or cash.

Tigers drop former closer 06/21/13 [Last modified: Friday, June 21, 2013 10:44pm]
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