Pitcher Returns to Reds After 3 DFAs

You can say it's been a bit of a rollercoaster ride for right-hander Robert Dugger thus far this season. The 27-year-old has been a walking transactions page. Called up to the majors three times, for the proverbial 'cup of coffee.' And DFA'd three times. Here's how his season has gone:

  • Started the year on minor league deal with the Tampa Bay Rays
  • May 1: Called up, pitched 5.1 innings for Rays
  • May 2: Designated for assignment
  • Reds claim him off waivers
  • May 12: Called up, pitches 3 innings for Reds
  • May  14: Designated for assignment
  • May 17 : Clears waivers, accepts minor league assignment
  • May 20: Selected to Reds; doesn't pitch; Designated for assignment
  • May 23: Clears waivers, accepts minor league assignment
  • July 7  : Selected by Reds to the majors once again
Ah, but here's where it finally gets good for Dugger. Upon being called up to the majors for the 4th time this season, he got into the Reds game Thursday and had a sparkling outing. 

He eventually went 3.2 shutout innings while striking out five in a Reds 5-1 win over Pittsburgh. 

Maybe this time, Dugger will get to stick long enough to finish his coffee. 

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