The Cincinnati Reds made a few roster moves today. Alexis Diaz has been activated from the 15-day injured list. To clear a spot on the roster the team designated right-handed pitcher Robert Dugger for assignment.
For Robert Dugger this is a tale as old as time, or so it probably feels like it anyways. This was the third time this year that the Cincinnati Reds have designated him for assignment and the fourth time this season it’s happened (Tampa Bay designated him for assignment on May 2nd and the Reds claimed him two days later). It’s the 6th time in his career he’s been designated for assignment – all in the last two years.
Yesterday the team purchased his contract – which is just a technical way of saying they added him to the 40-man roster – and called him up to the big leagues between games of the Reds and Pirates doubleheader. He would make it into the second game, throwing 3.2 shutout innings while allowing two hits, walking two batters, and striking out five. The right-hander now has 17 strikeouts and three walks to go along with a 4.50 ERA in three games this year in the big leagues between his time with both Tampa Bay and Cincinnati. As a player who has been designated for assignment previously, if he clears waivers he will have the right to accept the assignment to the minors or to choose free agency.
Alexis Diaz last pitched on June 14th for the Reds when he was charged with an unearned run in an inning of work. Getting Diaz back should help the bullpen out, and it’s a bullpen that could use as much help as it can get. The rookie right-hander has a 2.40 ERA on the season in 27 appearances this year with just 14 hits allowed in 30.0 innings with 36 strikeouts and 16 walks.