Tony Cingrani returns to the mound for Cincinnati today for the first time since April 30 after being activated from the disabled list. Cingrani had previously been sidelined due to tendinitis in his left shoulder.
In six starts prior to hitting the DL, Cingrani posted a 2-2 record, 3.34 ERA, and 1.330 WHIP in 32.1 innings pitched. He will oppose fellow southpaw Cliff Lee who is 3-0 with a 1.94 ERA in his last six starts against the Reds.
In order to make room on the roster, rookie catcher Tucker Barnhart was sent back to Triple-A Louisville. The Brownsburg, Ind. native was hitting just .107/.138/.214 with one home run and one RBI in 31 plate appearances.
The winner of Sunday's matinee between the Reds and Phillies will win the series. Up next for Bryan Price's club is a three-game set with the Nationals in the nation's capital.