The Jose Valverde comeback story continues.

One day after pitching another shutout inning at Single-A Lakeland, the former Detroit Tigers closer was seen on a flight to Detroit, according to ESPN NHL writer Craig Custance, who also was on the flight.

Later, CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman tweeted that the Tigers are planning to activate Valverde soon and that he could join the big-league team within days.

Could the stories be connected? Time will tell. Valverde struck out the side on Monday in his third appearance with the Flying Tigers in Lakeland, his second hold with the team. He has now thrown three shutout innings in Lakeland, giving up a walk, a walk, then a hit in the three apperances.

Today, the Tigers called up Bruce Rondon, who was vying for the major-league closer job in spring training, after sending Octavio Dotel to the 15-day disabled list. No other roster moves were made at the time.