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Reds say Tony Cingrani’s post-demotion shoulder injury is “news to us”

Jun 27, 2014, 12:48 PM EDT

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Left-hander Tony Cingrani, who was demoted to the minors by the Reds last week, has now been placed on the Triple-A disabled list with a strained shoulder.

Instances where a player is demoted to the minors and almost immediately placed on the disabled list there often raise eyebrows because the player will not accumulate MLB service or get paid an MLB salary while on the DL in the minors. Occasionally the moves are rescinded so that issue can be addressed, which is what happened with Chris Withrow and the Dodgers recently.

Cingrani was previously on the Reds’ disabled list for two weeks in May with shoulder tendinitis and also has dealt with back problems since last year, which helps explain how he went from one of the best pitchers in the league as a rookie in 2013 to going 2-8 with a 4.55 ERA before a demotion to Triple-A this year.

Reds manager Bryan Price told Mark Sheldon of MLB.com that the latest shoulder problems were “news to us when he got down there” and Sheldon writes that “Cingrani hasn’t always been forthcoming with injuries.”

  1. mazblast - Jun 27, 2014 at 4:27 PM

    And sometimes DL trips for “injuries” are purely phantom, like the recent Clay Buchholz “knee injury”. Isn’t it amazing how for some teams, it’s impossible to admit “he’s part of our marketing, but he stinks right now”?

    In this case, yes, it’s news to everyone in Cincinnati. We all thought he got demoted because he’d been stinking it up. Foolish us.

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