The Cincinnati Reds made four roster moves this afternoon prior to the start of the series with the Pittsburgh Pirates. The team designated for assignment right-handed reliever Buck Farmer, activated outfielder Tyler Naquin from the injured list, called up right-handed pitcher Robert Dugger, and sent Ronnie Dawson to Triple-A.
Buck Farmer started out the season well. In April he threw 9.2 innings and allowed just three runs – good for a 2.79 ERA. He struck out 14 batters and had 5 walks in that time and allowed one inherited runner to score after he entered the game. But his two games in May did not go well as he allowed six earned runs in 2.1 innings between his appearances in Colorado and Milwaukee on the road trip.
Tyler Naquin returns after a short stint on the injured list – he was placed there on Wednesday. One would have to assume that he is feeling better and did not test positive for COVID. He’s back in the lineup tonight, batting leadoff and serving as the Reds designated hitter.
Wednesday afternoon saw the Cincinnati front office claim right-handed pitcher Robert Dugger off of waivers from Tampa Bay. With the Reds he had served as both a starter and a reliever, and throughout his career he’s done plenty of both – though much more time has been spent as a starter in the minors. This season in Triple-A his ERA was 3.94 through five starts, though he had thrown just 16.0 innings with seven walks and 13 strikeouts. His full career stats can be seen here.
Ronnie Dawson’s stint with the big league club was short-lived. At least for the time being. After hitting a home run on Wednesday afternoon for Louisville – the lone run of that entire ballgame for either team – Dawson was called up when Tyler Naquin went on the injured list later that afternoon. He started the game in Milwaukee yesterday, going 0-3.