Monday, June 17, 2013

Reds move Cingrani to depleted bullpen

Southpaw Tony Cingrani is here to stay.

On Monday, the Reds announced plans to move the rookie to the bullpen to serve as another left-handed option in relief. Cingrani has made seven starts this season over the span of two different stints while filling in for an injured Johnny Cueto. He served as an emergency reserve on Sunday in case Cueto experienced any difficulty in his first start since coming off the disabled list. Fortunately, Cincinnati did not need him as Cueto and the Reds cruised to a 5-1 victory over Milwaukee.

Cingrani said he is happy the club opted to keep him around instead of sending him back down the road to Triple-A Louisville. Even if it means pitching in a different role.

“As long as I’m up here, I don’t really care,” Cingrani said. “Whatever they want me to do, I’m happy to do it. We’ve got five good starters and if something happens, I’m ready to jump in. I’m just happy to be back here and stay up here — for the time being, at least.”

The 23-year-old has tallied an unblemished 3-0 record, 3.15 ERA, and sparkling 0.975 WHIP this year for the Reds. However, he has made just four relief appearances in his professional career including three in 2012 when he was called up in September due to expanding rosters. The other relief appearance came in the minor leagues.

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