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Dustin Hermanson | Relief Pitcher

Team: Cincinnati Reds
Age / DOB:  (41) / 12/21/1972
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 205
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Kent State
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The Phillies reportedly are considering signing free agent reliever Dustin Hermanson.
Hermanson, who missed most of the 2006 season with a back injury, had a 7.36 ERA before being released by the Reds during spring training. His addition would give the Phillies' bullpen some needed depth. Sat, Apr 7, 2007 11:01:00 AM

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Reds released RHP Dustin Hermanson.

The Reds still haven't finalized their roster, and it sounds like they may be picking up a player on Monday. Hermanson got off to a good start this spring, but he ended up allowing eight runs -- six earned -- and 11 hits in 7 1/3 innings. With his velocity still down, the Reds wanted him to accept a minor league assignment. Since that didn't happen, he'll become a free agent.
Sun, Apr 1, 2007 03:03:00 PM

Dustin Hermanson was seen packing up his belongings and saying goodbye to Reds teammates on Sunday morning.

Hermanson has apparently gone from potential closer to being one of the Reds' final cuts. David Weathers is suddenly looking like a more solid pick, and Todd Coffey becomes a better sleeper.
Sun, Apr 1, 2007 12:34:00 PM

Dustin Hermanson gave up four runs while retiring just one batter Saturday against the Marlins.

This should end the speculation that he'll ne named Cincinnati's closer. Just like at the beginning of the spring, David Weathers looks like the favorite for saves. Hermanson ended up allowing eight runs -- six earned -- and 11 hits in 7 1/3 innings.
Sat, Mar 31, 2007 04:50:00 PM

Dustin Hermanson allowed two unearned runs in an inning Thursday against the Twins.

He gave up two hits, including a double to Jason Tyner. Hermanson has allowed four runs -- two earned -- and seven hits in seven innings this spring. He's pitched well enough to make the team, but he hasn't done much to suggest he'd be a quality option as a closer.
Thu, Mar 29, 2007 10:29:00 PM

Dustin Hermanson allowed one run and two hits in his inning of relief against the Phillies on Tuesday.

Hermanson has had no better of a spring than David Weathers, and both veterans are getting outpitched by Todd Coffey, who has yet to allow a run in nine innings. Maybe Hermanson will be named the closer anyway, but he hasn't made a terrific case.
Tue, Mar 27, 2007 10:26:00 PM

Dustin Hermanson pitched a scoreless ninth inning to conclude Saturday's win over the Phillies.

Todd Coffey has been the Reds' best reliever this spring, but if anyone is going to overtake David Weathers, it's probably going to be Hermanson, who has allowed one run in five innings. He gave up just a single today.
Sat, Mar 24, 2007 04:32:00 PM

Dustin Hermanson allowed his first run of the spring when he gave up a homer to Josh Phelps on Thursday.

Hermanson hasn't really earned the closer's role over David Weathers, though he may get the job anyway. He's allowed one run in four innings.
Thu, Mar 22, 2007 04:37:00 PM

According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, "the feeling in camp" is that the Reds will name Dustin Hermanson their closer.

The newspaper contained few quotes to support that, but manager Jerry Narron did speak glowingly of Hermanson and his comeback from back problems. Hermanson has little chance of staying healthy all year long and isn't a great bet to pitch effectively even when he is 100 percent. Still, he's probably no worse of an option than the David Weathers-Mike Stanton pairing the Reds had been planning to use.
Mon, Mar 19, 2007 09:17:00 AM

Dustin Hermanson, who pitched a 1-2-3 inning in his Reds debut Friday, will sit out this entire weekend and likely get another inning on Monday.

"We're going to get our relievers on a set schedule where they throw every other day," manager Jerry Narron said. "It's getting to be that time." Hermanson looked strong in his debut, but needs to improve his velocity if he's going to be totally effective.
Sun, Mar 11, 2007 09:03:00 AM

Dustin Hermanson pitched a perfect inning Friday in his first appearance since signing with the Reds.

Hermanson struck out the opposing pitcher, Adam Miller, to end the frame. According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, his strikeout came on an 86 mph fastball and he topped out at 88 mph. That's better than where he was in his public workout last month, but he's going to have to keep gaining strength in order to be of much help to the Reds.
Fri, Mar 9, 2007 04:32:00 PM

Dustin Hermanson faced live hitters during batting practice Sunday.

Hermanson, who was signed to a minor league contract last week, is expected to throw batting practice again Tuesday. Barring a setback, pitching in a game would then follow. "It felt better than the other day," Hermanson said. "I had my legs under me."
Mon, Mar 5, 2007 09:40:00 AM

Reds signed RHP Dustin Hermanson to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training.

Hermanson's velocity was still well down in his public workout last month. The Reds may talk about him as a closer candidate, but he's not a very good bet to give them more than 40-50 average innings. It might be for the best if he remains in extended spring training to begin the year.
Thu, Mar 1, 2007 02:04:00 PM

The Reds still have some interest in signing Dustin Hermanson, who failed to impress either the Phillies or Devil Rays in his workout last week.

"Nothing's happened yet," GM Wayne Krivsky said. "(Hermanson's) agent has some arbitration cases. I've been respectful of that."
Thu, Feb 15, 2007 02:04:00 PM

The Phillies were unimpressed with free agent Dustin Hermanson's recent public workout and have no plans to sign him.

The Devil Rays also reportedly came away with little interest in Hermanson after seeing the workout. Cincinnati remains a candidate to sign him.
Wed, Feb 14, 2007 01:22:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Devin Mesoraco
2Brayan Peña
3Tucker Barnhart
1B1Joey Votto
2Neftali Soto
2B1Brandon Phillips
2Ramon Santiago
SS1Zack Cozart
3B1Todd Frazier
2Jack Hannahan
LF1Ryan Ludwick
2Chris Heisey
CF1Billy Hamilton
2Skip Schumaker
3Roger Bernadina
RF1Jay Bruce
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Johnny Cueto
2Mat Latos
3Homer Bailey
4Mike Leake
5Tony Cingrani
6Alfredo Simon
7Brett Marshall
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Aroldis Chapman
2Jonathan Broxton
3Sean Marshall
4JJ Hoover
5Sam LeCure
6Manny Parra
7Logan Ondrusek
8Nick Christiani
9Trevor Bell
10Curtis Partch