Detroit Tigers DFA Evan Reed; call up RHP Chad Smith


Jun 14, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers relief pitcher

Evan Reed

(57) pitches in the seventh inning against the Minnesota Twins at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

After last night’s latest debacle, the Detroit Tigers called up right handed reliever Chad Smith from Triple-A Toledo late Tuesday night. In the corresponding move making room for Smith on the 25-man roster, the Tigers have parted ways with struggling hurler Evan Reed, who was designated for assignment Wednesday morning.

Smith has been putting up impressive numbers for the Mud Hens (4-2, 1.64 ERA, 0.955 WHIP) in 15 appearances. The 24-year old, a 2011 draft pick, will likely make his major league debut this afternoon (unless Drew Smyly somehow can go deep into the game) to give the battered and tired current members of the Tigers’ bullpen some rest.

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Reed (0-1, 4.91 ERA, 1.636 WHIP) has been terrible in recent appearances. He allowed four runs (though only one was earned) in his last outing Monday night. He’s allowed at least one run in six of his last 10 appearances–not something you want to see from a middle inning guy. It was a marked dissent for Reed, who started the season strong, not allowing a run in his first six appearances.

Interestingly enough, the Tigers now have four rookies that figure into everyday play. Nick Castellanos and Eugenio Suarez in the infield while Smith joins fellow rookie Blaine Hardy in the bullpen.