The Cincinnati Reds have called up left-handed reliever Ross Detwiler from Triple-A Louisville. He was not on the 40-man roster, so the team designated Robert Dugger for assignment for the second time in a week.

Ross Detwiler signed with Cincinnati on a minor league deal after the season began. He didn’t make his debut this season with the Bats until April 27th due to the late start he got to the year. The lefty allowed three runs in seven appearances for Louisville over the last two-and-a-half weeks, posting a 3.86 ERA. All of his runs came in his second appearance when he gave up three hits and walked two batters against the Columbus Clippers. Since then he’s thrown 5.0 shutout frames with two hits, two walks, and three strikeouts. On May 8th he pitched 2.1 innings, but all of his other appearances have been for one inning or less. In that outing he was throwing in the 91-93 MPH range with his fastball and his breaking ball in the low-to-mid 80’s.

Last season the lefty pitched in 53 games between time with the Miami Marlins and San Diego Padres. He made five starts for the Marlins, but only threw 52.1 innings on the season. He posted a 4.64 ERA between his two stops, giving up 10 home runs, walking 20, and striking out 62 batters. At times in the past, Detwiler has been a ground ball pitcher, but last season he was a fly ball guy and that has been the case in his limited action in Triple-A.

For Robert Dugger it’s deja vu all over again. He made an appearance a week ago in the Cincinnati Reds doubleheader against the Pittsburgh Pirates, throwing 3.0 innings and giving up three runs while striking out five batters. The next day he was designated for assignment. Dugger cleared waivers and was outrighted to Louisville. On Thursday the Reds added him back to the 40-man roster and called him up. This time around he never made it into a game before he was designated for assignment.

12 Responses

  1. LDS

    Duggar needs to walk away. I’m not a fan but that’s a bit abusive IMO. As for Detwiller? Perfect Bell pitcher, 36 years old, and largely mediocre throughout his career, almost a 1.5 WHIP. I expect to see a lot of him.

  2. Old-school

    Paul Fry was DFA’d by the Orioles. He was an All Star candidate in June of 2021 and only 29 and one of the best lefty relievers in the game, then fell off dramatically. His FIP is good, maybe Reds can pick him up and let DJ rehabilitate him. That’s DJ’s specialty, taking talented arms who are down and out and bring them back up.

    • LDS

      Allegedly but his track record isn’t great overall, at least with the Reds

      • Old-school

        Ross Detweiler is the Reds only lefty in the bullpen

        Boy do I miss Aroldis Chapman and Arthur Rhodes and Randy Myers and Norm Charlton and Franco . Garrett was good for a minute

      • LDS

        Yep, the Nasty Boys could sure help this team

    • BK

      Grant Dayton is another LHP to look at. He has a strong track record except for last year when he dealt with a shoulder injury. He just opted out of his minor league contract with the Marlins.

  3. Votto4life

    Dugger best chance is to stick with the Reds. When they move Castillo and Mahle in a couple of months they are going to have a lot of innings to cover, provided they don’t receive a major league ready pitcher in return.

  4. Mark Moore

    A quote from Lord of the Rings: Two Towers comes quicky to mind …

    “Most of these men have seen too many winters.”

    • Bdh

      Or too few!

      Look at them, they’re frightened. I can see it in their eyes.

  5. BK

    Tough break for Duggar … I’m sure it’s tough going through the emotional roller coaster of the last week. Hopefully, Castillo goes 6+ tonight and continues the new trend.

  6. Redsfan4life

    In today’s M.L. bullpens. The nasty boys fastballs would be laughed at.