Today the Tigers announced that lefty reliever Edward Campusano is being returned to the Cubs’ Triple-A club in Iowa.

A Rule 5 Draft selection acquired by the Tigers in a trade with the Milwaukee Brewers on December 7, 2006, Campusano missed the entire 2007 season after undergoing left elbow reconstruction surgery to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament on March 27.

Eddie, we hardly knew ye.

This isn’t the first time the Tigers have traded a player for himself. In 1987, the Tigers acquired reliever Dickie Noles from the Cubs for a player to be named later.

The player to be named later? Dickie Noles.

Actually, Baseball-Reference.com lists his Detroit dealings thusly:

September 22, 1987: Loaned to the Detroit Tigers by the Chicago Cubs.

October 23, 1987: Dickie Noles returned to the Chicago Cubs by the Detroit Tigers as part of earlier loan.

Who knew you could loan players?

In four games with the Tigers that year, Noles pitched four innings, gave up two hits, one run and earned two saves. Not bad. But not good enough to stay, apparently.

Noles would appear in only three more games in his big-league career — two with the Orioles in 1988 and one with the Phillies in 1990.

Career stats: 36-57, 4.56 ERA, 11 Saves.

And now you know.