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Tigers reliever Ryan Perry placed on DL with infected eye

Ryan Perry, Justin Verlander

Detroit Tigers pitchers Ryan Perry, left, and Justin Verlander look on during a baseball spring training workout, Monday, Feb. 21, 2011, in Lakeland, Fla. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

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Not to be outdone by Mark Ellis’ inner-ear infection, Tigers setup man Ryan Perry has been placed on the disabled list with an eye infection.

All the reports on the injury that I’ve seen so far are light on any further details, but “infected eye” certainly doesn’t sound very pleasant.

Because the DL stint is backdated to his April 5 appearance Perry will be eligible to return on April 20, with the Tigers calling up right-hander Robbie Weinhardt from Triple-A to take his spot in the bullpen.

Perry had been Detroit’s primary seventh-inning setup man in front of fellow right-handers Joaquin Benoit and Jose Valverde, but his absence could push left-hander Daniel Schlereth into a higher-leverage role.