OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Detroit Tigers activated closer Todd Jones from the 15-day disabled list Thursday, and he will be available for the first time this year in a three-game weekend series against the Mariners in Seattle.
Jones, who pitched simulated games Tuesday and Wednesday in Oakland, missed the start of the season with a pulled left hamstring. Initially, manager Jim Leyland might use Jones in a non-save situation so he doesn't face the pressure of the ninth inning and has a chance to find his rhythm.
Jones, a right-hander who turns 38 next week, pulled a hamstring in a 4-3 exhibition victory over Tampa Bay the weekend leading up to opening day.
The Tigers optioned right-handed reliever Chris Spurling to Triple-A Toledo.
"He needs to work things out. It's not the end of the world for him," Leyland said.
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