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.