Disappointing news:

To make room for three Reds September callups not on their 40-man roster Tuesday, reliever Todd Coffey was designated for assignment while pitchers Josh Fogg and Matt Belisle went on the 60-day disabled list. …

Coffey’s transaction capped a disappointing two years for the right-handed reliever. Following a promising 2006 when he led the Reds staff with 81 appearances and had a 3.82 ERA, he was signed to a $925,000 one-year contract extension for 2008.

Everything went wrong after that. Coffey, who turned 28 on Tuesday, posted a 5.82 ERA over 58 games in 2007. In 2008, he owned a 6.05 ERA in 17 big league games while opponents batted .321. He spent most of the year with Louisville, where he was 3-3 with a 4.35 ERA in 34 games.

The Reds have 10 days for Coffey to either clear waivers or be traded. If he clears, he can return to the organization.

Coffey — Yes sir, boss. Like the drink, only not spelled the same — showed signs of brilliance early on in his Reds tenure, but after a short time as the de facto closer last year, he just fell off a cliff. I hate to see this happen to him — Coffey always seemed like a good guy — but he earned it. He just didn’t perform