Chicago — The Tigers on Friday made room for Evan Reed’s addition to the active roster by dropping another right-handed reliever, Jose Ortega, who was designated for assignment.
The Tigers likely will outright Ortega to their minor-league system should he clear waivers. They could also trade him within a 10-day period. Ortega, 25, has had stints with the Tigers during the past three seasons, spanning 14 games.
He had been pitching at Triple A Toledo, where he was 2-2, with a 3.70 earned-run average in 45 games. He had 45 strikeouts in 56 innings, but he had also walked 36 batters, accounting for a dark 1.52 WHIP (walks plus hits per inning).
Reed, 28, was with the Tigers earlier this season and in his last 10 games at Toledo had a 1.93 ERA, with 16 strikeouts and a single walk in 14 innings. Earlier this month, sexual assault charges against Reed, stemming from a March incident, were dropped by a Wayne County District Court judge.
The Tigers were preparing Friday for a night game against the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field. They are scheduled to play a day-night doubleheader Saturday, when another Toledo pitcher, left-handed starter Kyle Ryan, is scheduled to join the team. The Tigers will make a 40-man roster announcement ahead of Saturday’s first game as they clear space for Ryan.
Showers and thunderstorms were forecasted for late Friday afternoon in Chicago, extending into early evening Saturday.