Things for Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Tony Cingrani looked like they couldn't get any worse, but they just did. After starting the year 2-8 with an ERA of 4.55, the 24-year old was sent down to Triple-A Louisville a week ago and has now found himself on the disable list thanks in part to a strained shoulder.
This isn't the first time Cingrani has ended up on the DL. He was put on the disabled list at the beginning of May (1st-18th) due to the same injury. He hasn't appeared with the Bats yet since being demoted.
"It was kind of news to us when he got down there and had the shoulder issue," Reds manager Bryan Price said.
"We'd like for him to be healthy, but if he's not, I'd just assume get him back to 100 percent strength," Price said. "Coming into the season I thought Tony was going to be a guy who could have finished on the top of the leaderboard in wins, there was nothing holding him back. I think him really getting locked in this year hasn't happened outside that first game of the year against the Cardinals his first start of the year. I haven't really seen him get back to that command and velocity that we saw in that first game and last year. if there's an issue with his shoulder, we'd certainly like to rectify it and get back to throwing the ball the way he can, because he could really help us."
Cingrani was originally part of the starting rotation when the season began. Once Mat Latos made his return from the his injury, a decision had to be made on whether to move Alfredo Simon or Cingrani into the bullpen. Cingrani got the short end of the stick and made just two appearances in relief.