DETROIT – The Detroit Tigers agreed to a one-year contract with reliever Jose Valverde, who is expected back with the team Wednesday.

And Manager Jim Leyland said Valverde will be Detroit’s closer immediately.

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Valverde was the Tigers’ closer the last three years, but the team was prepared to let him leave as a free agent after he faltered during the 2012 postseason. But he never signed elsewhere, and Detroit brought him back on a minor league deal.

n Bruce Rondon was recalled from Triple-A Toledo when the Tigers put reliever Octavio Dotel on the 15-day disabled list.

MARINERS: Seattle placed outfielder Franklin Gutierrez on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring.

Outfielder Carlos Peguero was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma to take his spot on the roster.

BRAVES: Right fielder Jason Heyward was placed on the 15-day disabled list after an appendectomy.

The team said late Monday that Heyward had surgery at Rose Medical Center in Denver.

DODGERS: Pitcher Chad Billingsley will have Tommy John surgery this week and miss the rest of the season.

REDS: Reliever Jonathan Broxton had no problems with his pitching hand a day after a line drive knocked him out of the game.

Broxton said the ball hit him by the pinkie, causing the hand to go numb for several minutes. He had good movement a day later and thought he could pitch, although Manager Dusty Baker wanted to be cautious.

NATIONALS: Washington claimed left-handed reliever Xavier Cedeno off waivers from the Houston Astros and optioned him to Triple-A Syracuse.

Cedeno was designated for assignment by the Astros last week. He had an 11.37 ERA in five appearances this season for Houston.