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Tigers Call Up Chad Smith And Send Down Evan Reed

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DETROIT, MI - APRIL 23: Evan Reed #57 of the Detroit Tigers hands the ball to manger Brad Ausmus as he leaves the game in the seventh inning after loading the bases while playing the Chicago White Sox at Comerica Park on April 23, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

DETROIT, MI – APRIL 23: Evan Reed #57 of the Detroit Tigers hands the ball to manger Brad Ausmus as he leaves the game in the seventh inning after loading the bases while playing the Chicago White Sox at Comerica Park on April 23, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

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DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Tigers have designated reliever Evan Reed for assignment, calling up right-hander Chad Smith from Triple-A Toledo on Wednesday.

Reed went 0-1 with a 4.88 ERA for the Tigers. In his last 11 appearances, the right-hander posted a 7.71 ERA.

Manager Brad Ausmus says the move had nothing to do with Reed’s legal situation. Reed faces a sexual assault complaint, though prosecutors have not yet said whether he will be charged.

Detroit purchased Smith’s contract after he went 4-2 with a 1.64 ERA in 15 games for Toledo. He also made seven appearances with Double-A Erie.

The Tigers have lost 19 of their last 28 to fall out of first place in the AL Central — with their bullpen among the primary culprits for the slide.

(© Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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