Detroit Tigers left-hander Jose Alvarez was beyond spectacular in his Major League debut, tossing six near-perfect innings of one-run, three-hit baseball.

His reward? A first-class ticket back to Toledo.

The Tigers optioned Alvarez to Triple-A on Sunday, the team announced, minutes after the 24-year-old rookie earned his first career win, capping Detroit's series sweep of Cleveland.

To fill his vacancy, the Tigers will recall right-hander Evan Reed from Triple-A Toledo. Reed, who gave up one run over four innings pitched in his first big league stint in mid-May, will be available for the team's series opener in Kansas City on Monday night.

"(Alvarez) did everything and more that you could've asked for -- he was absolutely terrific," manager Jim Leyland said. "This is a good thing. He got to see what this was like."

Making a spot start in place of Anibal Sanchez, Alvarez allowed three hits and a walk and struck out seven Sunday afternoon. Sanchez, who was scratched due to stiffness in his right shoulder is expected to be ready for his next start, which will probably be on Friday.

"It's not very often you send a guy that pitched like that, but obviously, Sanchez should be back in the rotation for his next start," Leyland said.