Dombrowski told reporters about the transaction after he, Al Avila, Jeff Jones and Brad Ausmus brought Smith in to give him the news.
The Tigers have also transferred right-hander Joel Hanrahan to the 60-day disabled list.
When Chad Smith blew out his elbow on a ninth-inning first-pitch slider against Oregon on April 17, 2011, everything changed.
The Detroit Tigers have announced Wednesday they have purchased the contract of RHP Chad Smith from Toledo and designated Evan Reed for assignment.
Smith recalled his troubled youth, as his family moved to Bloomfield Hills after being born in Minnesota.
Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer and Lahser High School graduate Chad Smith says he’s a prime example of why music education is needed in public schools.