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Reds send Tony Cingrani back to Triple-A

May 18, 2013, 2:45 PM EDT

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With Johnny Cueto slated to return from a lat strain on Monday, the Reds have optioned left-hander Tony Cingrani back to Triple-A Louisville. Neftali Solo has been called up to take his place on the active roster.

Cingrani was pretty impressive during his first stint in the majors, posting a 3.27 ERA and 41/9 K/BB ratio in 33 innings over seven starts. However, he allowed nine runs and five homers in 15 innings over his last three starts and had some minor shoulder soreness earlier this week.

Mike Leake, who owns a 3.72 ERA through nine starts this season, will keep his rotation spot for now. But he won’t have a long leash with Cingrani looming as an alternative at Triple-A.

  1. thomas844 - May 18, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    Kinda saw this coming after the way both Leake and Cingrani have been pitching lately. Cingrani has potential to be a left-handed Shelby Miller once he works on his offspeed pitches more.

    And Neftali Soto, huh? Guess they badly needed a right handed hitter on the bench with Ludwick and Heisey on the DL. The guy has a lot of power, interested to see what he can do.

    • jonrox - May 18, 2013 at 10:37 PM

      Soto will be up for a day and will be sent down to make room for Cueto on Monday.

    • junglerat524 - May 19, 2013 at 12:34 PM

      Shelby Miller. Now there’s a household name. Soto will only be here for Sundays game then he’s back down.

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