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Reds designate Coffey for assignment

Reds designate Coffey for assignment

MILWAUKEE -- 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.

Infielders Paul Janish, Danny Richar, Adam Rosales and pitchers Danny Herrera, Jon Adkins, Adam Pettyjohn and Josh Roenicke were officially called up Tuesday from Triple-A Louisville. Adkins, Pettyjohn and Roenicke were not previously on the 40-man roster.

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.

"Hopefully he will clear," Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said. "We need the roster spot so we can take a look at some additional guys."

Fogg suffered a strained right groin on Thursday when he left his start after three innings. Signed to a one-year contract worth a guaranteed $400,000 in March with incentives that could reach $1 million, the veteran right-hander was 2-7 with a 7.58 ERA in 22 games, including 14 starts.

"He won't be able to pitch the rest of the year, so that's why he's on the 60-day [DL]. He fully understood that," Jocketty said.

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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