Right-handed reliever Evan Reed said the second time getting called up is just as exciting as the first.

After Jose Alvarez won his major league debut as a spot starter Sunday, the Tigers sent him back to Triple-A Toledo and recalled Reed.

Reed, 27, made his debut with the Tigers earlier this season. He pitched four innings in two games and allowed four hits and no walks, with one strikeout and one earned run.

The Tigers claimed Reed from the Miami Marlins on April 3. He was 1-1 with a 2.53 ERA with 38 strikeouts in 32 innings in 21 games for the Mud Hens.

“It’s not better than I expected, it’s everything that I expected,” Reed said of coming to the Tigers. “I really want to be able to contribute to the team and stay up this time. I know I’m just going to do everything I can to make the most of this opportunity. I’ve been around long enough to know you’ve got to make the most of every opportunity you’re given. I don’t take anything for granted.”

Reed, 6-feet-4, 255 pounds, said he knows what to expect this time.

“I know I can pitch here,” Reed said. “I’m just ready.”

Reed said he just tried to control what he could when he was sent back to Toledo. He worked on his mechanics.