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Tony Cingrani pulled from start with more back problems

Sep 10, 2013, 9:05 PM EDT

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Tony Cingrani spent 11 days on the disabled list from late August to early September because of a lower back strain. And the issue won’t go away.

According to beat writer C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer, the rookie left-hander was lifted from his start Tuesday night against the Cubs with back spasms. Cingrani surrendered two earned runs on three hits and a walk over just 1 2/3 innings.

The Reds had been planning to use right-hander Johnny Cueto as a long reliever upon his expected mid-September return from a severe right lat strain, but if Cingrani’s back problems don’t fade Cueto may have to be pushed back into the starting rotation.

Cingarni, 24, owns a 2.92 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 120/43 K/BB ratio in 104 2/3 frames this season.

  1. natsattack - Sep 10, 2013 at 9:41 PM

    How do you spend 11 days on the disabled list? Doesn’t it have to be at least 15?

    • ptfu - Sep 10, 2013 at 10:19 PM

      You can be placed on the DL retroactively, which satisfies the 15 day term. So if you haven’t played in four days and are then DL’ed, then you’ve spent four days on the active roster and 11 more on the DL. This sometimes happens with starting pitchers, because they’re already not going to play for 4 days after their start. Teams can wait & see if an issue clears up before the pitcher’s next start.

  2. natijim235 - Sep 10, 2013 at 11:31 PM

    are you kidding?? reds take 3-4 from cardinals and sweep dodgers only to lose 2 straight to cubs scoring 1 run!!??

    • paperlions - Sep 11, 2013 at 9:12 AM

      That’s baseball. You can execute great pitches and below average hitters can still do something with them and any ball in play can become a hit….and you can make horrible pitches and great hitters (except for Votto) can pop them up or swing through them. There is a lot of chance in the outcomes of individual at bats and individual games….which is why it is a fool’s errand to judge any team’s (or players) talent based on small sample sizes.

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