Found September 04, 2013 on MLB Injury News:
Rookie Cincinnati Reds starter Tony Cingrani is expected to come off the disabled list to start on Thursday night, according to Jeremy Warnemuende of Cingrani has been dealing with a lower back strain and was placed on the DL after his last start on August 20, but it looks as though he will need just the minimum stay: the left-hander threw a 30-pitch bullpen session on Tuesday, something he does two days before making each start. Reds manager Dusty Baker said Cingrani would definitely pitch on Thursday, but floated the possibility that he could give way early to Greg Reynolds, depending on how Cingrani feels. "He's pitching Thursday," Reds manager Dusty Baker said of Cingrani. "He said he feels good, so we'll see. That's the same day that Reynolds is scheduled to pitch, so we'll see as far as he can go and how he feels. [We] talked to Reynolds about possibly piggybacking with Cingrani." Cingrani has only faced the Cardinals once this season, a month ago on August 3rd. The left-hander struggled with his control that day and could only go five innings, striking out seven but walking five and giving up three earned runs on four hits. The contest is the last of a crucial series with St Louis for the Reds: Cincinnati is now just a game and a half back of the Cardinals and only two more behind the Pittsburgh Pirates. Any sign of discomfort or fatigue could see Baker signalling for Reynolds to step in for Cingrani. Reynolds has already been filling in for Cingrani in his last two starts and actually put together some strong outings, a six-inning, two earned run effort against the Brewers and then a solid eight-inning start against the Rockies in Coors Field when he gave up three earned runs and struck out five. Reynolds has had two previous shots in the major leagues in 2008 and 2011, both coming with the Rockies, but failed to impress in either with an overall ERA of over 7. However, he has impressed with Triple-A Louisville in the Reds organisation, posting a 2.42 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and K/BB ratio of almost 4. Follow @mlbinjurynews Looking for fantasy baseball advice?

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