The Tigers called up Toledo right hander Chad Smith late last night to bolster a struggling bullpen. To make room for Smith on the 40-man roster, the Tigers designated Evan Reed for assignment early this morning. The team now has ten days to trade or release him. After that, Reed can accept an assignment to Toledo or elect for free agency.
Reed has been a point of contention for some this season; he’s currently under investigation for a sexual assault that occurred the night before the home opener. Ausmus claims the off-field issues had nothing to do with the decision to DFA Reed, but there’s probably not much else he can say about the ongoing investigation. It’s unlikely Reed will be claimed due to the sexual assault allegations hanging over his head. (Unless the Rays decide they need yet another reclamation/”redemption” project, I suppose.)
He hasn’t been pitching well lately either, after getting off to a decent start (and that’s what Ausmus cited as the reason for the demotion). Reed has posted a 7.71 ERA in the last 30 days, to go along with a robust 6.17 BB/9. He’s also given up 10 earned runs in 11.2 IP.
Reed is tied with Joba Chamberlain with the second most innings pitched in this month-long span; Phil Coke has the team lead with 15.2 IP in the last 30 days! Compare that to the meager 9.1 IP pitched by Al Alburquerque in that same time span.
(If you’re curious as to why the bullpen usage has been this… weird the last month, read this.)