DETROIT — With Tuesday night's loss to the Kansas City Royals, and the need for relief help after short outings by Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer, the Detroit Tigers called up right-handed relief pitcher Chad Smith from Triple-A Toledo. The move was first reported by John Wagner of the Toledo Blade. The Tigers confirmed the report Wednesday morning.
The Tigers today have purchased the contract of RHP Chad Smith from Triple A Toledo. #tigers— Tigers PR (@DetroitTigersPR) June 18, 2014
Smith, who retains a 0.955 WHIP with the Toledo Mud Hens in 22 innings of relief and a 1.64 ERA, will wear number 55 for the Tigers.
#Tigers Smith: I called my mom, my mom and my dad. I put them on speakerphone. They both started to cry so it was a pretty special moment.— Dana Wakiji (@FSDwakiji) June 18, 2014
In a corresponding move, the Tigers designated Evan Reed for assignment to Toledo. The Tigers have 10 days to either trade or release Reed, who has the option to become a free agent if he clears waivers. In 27 appearances covering 27⅔ innings, Reed posted an 0–1 record and 4.88 ERA.