My Fox Detroit reports that Detroit Tigers right-hander Evan Reed is being investigated by police for involvement in a sexual assault March 30, the day before the team opened the 2014 season at Comerica Park. Detroit police confirmed that a complaint has been made and they're in the process of interviewing the alleged victim. A full investigation is expected to take perhaps two weeks.
The Tigers released a statement calling the allegation "very serious" and "concerning," but would not add a further comment at this time.
Reed's attorney, David Gorcyca, also released a statement that said in part:
"We are very confident that once a thorough and full investigation is completed, Mr. Reed will have nothing to fear. During the infancy of this investigation, no one should formulate any conclusions that a crime has been committed."
The Tigers were off Monday and are beginning a West Coast road trip at the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday.
Reed, 28, posted a 4.24 with 17 strikeouts ERA in 23 1/3 innings in 2013 after the club picked him up off waivers from the Miami Marlins. This is the first season in which he made the team out of spring training. He has pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings so far as a middle man.
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