Chris Hammond was designated for assignment today by the Reds. Brian “Love” Shackelford has been called up to take his place.
Chris Hammond was a guiding presence in the bullpen early in the season, but lately he just hadn't been getting it done on the mound. At 40 years old, you had to figure that he was getting pretty close to hanging up the cleats anyway, but you never know. He “retired” in 1999 but returned in 2002, so maybe we'll be seeing him again round-about 2010 or so.
Till then, we'll be looking for great things out of Love Shack.