DETROIT (AP) - The Detroit Tigers will recall Joel Zumaya from his rehabilitation assignment to be active for Tuesday night's game against the Cleveland Indians.
Detroit optioned right-hander Aquilino Lopez to Triple-A Toledo on Sunday, clearing room for Zumaya.
The right-hander, whose fastball regularly tops 100 mph, had surgery three months ago to repair a ruptured tendon in his right middle finger. He was put on the disabled list May 3 with a 1-1 record, 3.63 ERA and 17 strikeouts in 13 appearances this season.
The right-handed setup man ranked third among AL relievers with 97 strikeouts last season, helping Detroit reach the playoffs for the first time since 1987 and advance to the World Series for the first time since 1984.
The slumping Tigers open a homestand Tuesday night against Cleveland, which has a 1½-game lead over them in the AL Central, before starting a four-game series with the New York Yankees, who lead Detroit by 2½ games in the wild-card race.
Since the Tigers had the best record in baseball on July 21, they are 9-20.