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Reds demote Tony Cingrani to Triple-A, call up Jumbo Diaz

Jun 20, 2014, 3:45 PM EDT

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Reds left-hander Tony Cingrani was one of the best pitchers in the league last season as a 23-year-old rookie, throwing 105 innings with a 2.93 ERA and 120 strikeouts, but he missed time with back problems down the stretch and has struggled this season.

Last night he walked in the game-winning run against the Pirates and today the Reds demoted Cingrani back to Triple-A.

If healthy he has nothing left to prove in the minors, as Cingrani had a ridiculous 1.15 ERA and 49 strikeouts in 31 innings at Triple-A before being called up in 2013, but his health is very much in question and the Reds weren’t comfortable letting him work through any issues versus big-league hitters. He’ll no doubt be back in Cincinnati soon, because Cingrani remains a huge part of the Reds’ long-term plans.

To replace him on the roster the Reds called up career minor leaguer Jumbo Diaz, a 30-year-old reliever who’s listed at 6-foot-4 and 315 pounds. More importantly Diaz has a 1.35 ERA at Triple-A this season after posting a 1.66 ERA there last year. He certainly deserves a chance to show that he’s for real.

  1. jm91rs - Jun 20, 2014 at 3:50 PM

    Finally they’re giving Diaz a chance. I know he wasn’t on the 40 man but it seemed like the organization just wanted every excuse not to give him a shot. He’s dominating AAA and the Reds bullpen is terrible. Glad they finally made a move.

  2. asimonetti88 - Jun 20, 2014 at 4:04 PM

    315 pound pitcher? Holy moly

    • Caught Looking - Jun 20, 2014 at 4:33 PM

      Hence the name ‘Jumbo’

      • asimonetti88 - Jun 20, 2014 at 4:34 PM

        It certainly fits him! Maybe the only thing that does! lol

    • jwbiii - Jun 20, 2014 at 8:25 PM

      Diaz makes Sabathia look like a welterweight.

  3. bfunk1978 - Jun 20, 2014 at 4:21 PM

    The second coming of Esteban Yan

    • classicfinder - Jun 20, 2014 at 4:54 PM

      or Bartolo Colon.

  4. classicfinder - Jun 20, 2014 at 4:55 PM

    Fat pitcher draft…David Wells number 1?

    • jasonwinter - Jun 20, 2014 at 6:13 PM

      Comically, David Wells is listed on Baseball Reference as 6’3″, 187 lbs.

      That’s 4 inches and only 17 pounds more than 5’11”, 170 lb. Pedro Martinez.

    • jwbiii - Jun 21, 2014 at 1:22 AM

      Mickey Lolich?

  5. vanmorrissey - Jun 20, 2014 at 5:10 PM

    Cage match:Broxton vs. Diaz. Would like to see those two warming up in the Cincy bullpen.

    • drewy44 - Jun 20, 2014 at 11:33 PM

      I”m not sure they’d both fit in Great American Small Park.

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