CHICAGO -- Jose Ortega looked like an upside reliever in the Tigers system not that long ago, a hard-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 disabled list 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 when Reed's contract was purchased from Triple-A Toledo.
Ortega had some outstanding early numbers at Toledo, but ran into struggles down the stretch as one Mud Hens reliever after another made the trip up Interstate 75 to Detroit. He had a 4.78 ERA and a .406 OBP against from June 19 on, nullifying a strong start.
Ortega's only appearance as a Tiger this year was the game in which Anibal Sanchez left early with an injury. Ortega gave up four runs over 1 1/3 innings without giving up a base hit, thanks to five walks.