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Tony Cingrani stays with Reds, shifts to bullpen

Jun 17, 2013, 5:17 PM EDT

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Last time Johnny Cueto returned from the disabled list the Reds sent his rotation fill-in, Tony Cingrani, back to Triple-A, but this time around they’ve decided to keep the rookie left-hander around as a reliever.

“He fills what we need,” manager Dusty Baker told Mark Sheldon of MLB.com. “We need a power arm in the bullpen, and a left-hander.” Jonathan Broxton and Sean Marshall are both on the disabled list, so the Reds can certainly use the (temporary) late-inning bullpen help in front of Aroldis Chapman.

And it’s also tough to demote a guy for the second time when he has a 3.15 ERA and 46/10 K/BB ratio in 40 innings while holding opponents to a .207 batting average.

  1. larryhockett - Jun 17, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    I’m starting to think major leaguer managers really don’t care at all about fantasy baseball players.

  2. biasedhomer - Jun 17, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    Not a huge fan of switching young guys who are having success in one role to another. Don’t need another Daniel Bard situation.

  3. thomas844 - Jun 17, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    I think this is a good idea, it’s not like Cingrani will stay there for good, just until Marshall or Broxton comes back. The pen has been the biggest weakness by far this year for the Reds but it is starting to look up. Cingrani will help a lot, Simon looks like he is heating up, LeCure is turning his trend back upward after his last outing, and that Partch kid looked terrific for four innings in his last outing.

  4. jonrox - Jun 17, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    Don’t worry folks, he’ll be in the starting rotation next year without a doubt. Unless Dusty wants him to stay in the bullpen. Which he will.

    • thomas844 - Jun 17, 2013 at 6:24 PM

      Someone has to be there to give Dusty an excuse not to pitch Chapman.

    • valarmorghuliss - Jun 17, 2013 at 11:25 PM

      I’m always going to worry about a one pitch pitcher as a starter. And that’s what Tony is right now, he’s done great so far, but I don’t remember many one pitch starters making a long career out of it.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 18, 2013 at 6:25 AM

        You’re right vala whatevah – but that’s why I’m furious with the organization for sticking Cingrani in relief. He should be in Louisville starting every fifth day and throwing 2-3 times as many curves and changeups as he’s comfortable with. They say his curve has progressed this year, guess that’s over with. Out of the pen it’s going to be fastballs and more fastballs.

        Because Dusty wants a reliever. It’s like it’s groundhog day all over again for Walt Jocketty. This is the same type of crap he pulled with St. Louis Cardinals prospects for years and years – the young players are cannon fodder – pawns in the game.

        Since Jocketty ponied up closer money for a constantly-injured batch of damaged goods named Broxton and switched Chapman back to closer at the last minute – the relief budget is too tight to sign or trade for a LOOGY. So Cingrani’s progress must halt. Sorry kid, we lack the wits and wherewithal to put together a functional bullpen so you’re screwed.

      • valarmorghuliss - Jun 18, 2013 at 12:26 PM

        I’ve noticed nobody likes you here, and I can see why.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 18, 2013 at 12:27 PM

        Somebody likes everybody val – and people who attack personally without mentioning ideas are usually people without many good ideas.

      • valarmorghuliss - Jun 18, 2013 at 12:30 PM

        Rather than type my name, or simply say “you’re right” you come off insulting. I’ve noticed you getting into it with many on here ijn the past.
        Do me a favor and just assume I don’t care what you have to say on any subject.
        K thanks

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 18, 2013 at 12:32 PM

        I can’t say it, can’t read it, can’t type it, have no idea what it means. What does it mean?

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 18, 2013 at 12:38 PM

        Oh I see – Game of Thrones reference. Yeah that’s right, I like to mix it up.

        And if you’re a Reds fan, you should be upset at the treatment Cingrani is getting. A good GM would have overruled Dusty and gotten relief help elsewise.

      • valarmorghuliss - Jun 18, 2013 at 12:58 PM

        Im not a Reds fan, but do understand that the Reds are in a race that could be decided by 1 game in the end.
        The Reds have injuries in the pen, and Tony Cingrani can help.
        He’s going to have to work on giving himself another legit offering in the off-season and hopefully his once acceptable change-up comes around too.
        But the Reds are trying to make the playoffs, so when they lose two arms outta the pen, it’s Tony who’s going to go in to help.

        We’re talking about a kid who most Red fans should know was destined for a relief role. A college senior draftee who has had a very small sample of success so far. The Reds have last years 14th overall Nick Travieso and Daniel Corcino who both offer more upside as starters than Cingrani.
        Why you’re furious, I don’t know. You must have him in fantasy or something.

      • valarmorghuliss - Jun 18, 2013 at 1:02 PM

        And the Reds also have a Stephenson kid who has more upside as a developing starter than Cingrani.

        Tony Cingrani was drafted as a future bullpen arm, which is why he wasn’t drafted out of highschool, or in his junior year.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 18, 2013 at 2:43 PM

        It’s too exhausting to say everywhere you’re wrong. Attacking me personally, denigrating Cingrani as a prospect and condemning him to reliever status are some of the lower points.

        Stephenson is the only pitching prospect who is even close to as good as Cingrani.

        Cingrani was drafted late because he stunk until senior year at Rice when a coach fixed his mechanics.

        You have no correct facts and you make arrogant illogical arguments. Speaking of popularity … you must win lots of friends this way. Wrong and obnoxious about it.

      • junglerat524 - Jun 18, 2013 at 2:54 PM

        Point goes to val

  5. junglerat524 - Jun 18, 2013 at 12:11 AM

    If you watched Cingrani pitch tonight it didn’t look to me like he wanted to go back down. Looked like he’d do whatever it took to stay up where he is. He knows he’s #6. But until then….

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