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The Tigers placed reliever Joel Zumaya on the disabled list Saturday morning with soreness in his long-troubled right shoulder, complicating the team's efforts prior to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.Zumaya surrendered a late lead in Friday's loss to the Yankees and afterward told the Detroit Free Press that he was experiencing "serious pain" in the shoulder.

He was scheduled to undergo an MRI exam in Detroit on Saturday and won't be eligible to return until Aug.

2 at the earliest.

The Tigers recalled rookie Ryan Perry from Class AAA Toledo to take Zumaya's roster spot but will probably intensify their search for bullpen help on the trade market.

Perry was on the team's Opening Day roster but returned to the minors last month, primarily to work on his command.

He has been showing better control at Toledo, walking four batters in 13 2/3 innings.

Detroit had previously been focused on adding a hitter, two major-league sources said this week.

The Tigers have asked the Orioles about outfielder Luke Scott and first baseman/designated hitter Aubrey Huff, although it doesn't appear that those talks have advanced very far.

Ryan Strieby, a Class AA first baseman, could be one of Detroit's primary trade chips, because he plays the same position as star Miguel Cabrera, who has improved defensively and is signed through 2015.

Strieby is batting .310 with 17 home runs and 53 RBIs while playing his home games at hitter-friendly Jerry Uht Park.

He has not played in a week because of ongoing issues with his left wrist; he had surgery on the wrist last year after sustaining a broken hamate bone.Meantime, the Tigers have had some internal discussions about Toronto ace Roy Halladay but have yet to initiate a trade dialogue with the Blue Jays about him.

It's unlikely that Detroit would be able to meet Toronto's price in prospects, and Halladay, who has a no-trade clause, would have to approve the deal.,-what's-Tigers'-trade-situation
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