Tigers recall Willis from Triple-A rehab assignment after setback

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Detroit Tigers recalled Dontrelle Willis from his minor league rehabilitation assignment Sunday, meaning the injured left-hander -- who is recovering from a hyperextended right knee -- will stay with the team for now instead of in Triple-A.

On Friday, Willis threw 72 pitches without a walk in 4 2/3 innings while allowing four hits and two runs for the Toledo Mud Hens in the International League. But the team revealed Sunday that Willis slightly aggravated his knee while fielding a ground ball in the game.

Willis, who went on the 15-day disabled list on April 12, will throw on the side later in the week before the Tigers decide what to do next.

In two starts for Detroit before he got hurt, Willis posted a 7.20 ERA in just five innings without receiving a decision.