Tigers option Smith to Toledo, call up Knebel prior to doubleheader
DETROIT — The Tigers got reinforcements for their bullpen prior to Saturday’s doubleheader, recalling Corey Knebel, and sending down Chad Smith.
The team had already used its 26th-man exception to bring up their Game 1 starter, Drew VerHagen, so adding another arm required them to drop someone, and Smith threw 37 pitches in Friday’s loss. In all, the Tigers used five relievers in the final three innings Friday.
To get VerHagen on the 40-man roster, the Tigers cleared room by moving Joel Hanrahan to the 60-day disabled list.
Knebel was up earlier in the season, so was already on the 40-man roster.