Ortega designated to make room for Reed

Jose Ortega looked like an upside reliever in the Tigers system not that long ago, a harder-throwing, high-strikeout reliever who had flashes of nasty stuff. His Major League stints, however, have been less impressive. With the Tigers out of injured players to put on the 60-day DL (sorry, but Anibal Sanchez isn’t going there, at least not yet) and out of positional prospects to designate, they had to make a tough choice  on who they could afford to lose to make room for Evan Reed.

Exit Ortega, whose contract was designated for assignment on Friday.

Ortega had some outstanding early numbers at Triple-A Toledo, but his season turned south down the stretch. Whether that had anything to do with not getting a midsummer call amidst the parade of relievers shuffling up to Detroit isn’t clear. In any case, he had a 4.78 ERA and a .406 OBP allowed from June 19 on, which pretty much separated him from Justin Miller.

Ortega’s only appearance as a Tiger this year was the game in which Anibal Sanchez left early with injury. Ortega gave up four runs over 1 1/3 innings without giving up a base hit, thanks to five walks.

4 Comments

Jason, do you know what kind of shape Evan’s arm is in? Will he be pitching for us in the near future?

I’m not Jason, but Evan pitched for the Mud Hens and looked good.

great – thanks!!!

No surprise there, Ortega name was in every fan call to DFA since April. The high BB rate doomed him

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 25,010 other followers