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Reed set for return from Triple-A to bolster bullpen

Reed set for return from Triple-A to bolster bullpen

DETROIT -- The Tigers' need for an extra reliever this weekend for four games in three days against the White Sox meant a return to the Major Leagues for Evan Reed. The team announced after Thursday's win over the Yankees that it will purchase the right-hander's contract from Triple-A Toledo in time for Friday's series opener in Chicago.

Reed made the team out of Spring Training and pitched in 27 games, going 0-1 with a 4.88 ERA and 35 hits allowed over 27 2/3 innings. The Tigers outrighted him in mid-June to Triple-A Toledo, where he gave up 11 runs on 26 hits over 23 1/3 innings with five walks and 26 strikeouts.

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Reed was under investigation by Wayne County prosecutors over an alleged incident at a downtown Detroit hotel the weekend before Opening Day. A Wayne County judge dismissed charges of third-degree sexual conduct against Reed last week.

Reed takes the roster spot of Kyle Lobstein following his first Major League start Thursday. Lobstein was optioned to Toledo, essentially a procedural move since he can be recalled next week once the Mud Hens' season ends. Lobstein will still be able to make the next turn in the Tigers' rotation in Cleveland next Tuesday.

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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