CINCINNATI -- If there is any place a major league baseball pitcher doesn't want to be, other than in jail or in Antarctica without a fur-lined coat, it is on the disabled list.
That's where Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Tony Cingrani finds himself for at least the next 15 days. And he doesn't like it one little bit.
Even his manager, Bryan Price, said Cingrani could pitch, his left shoulder tendonitis isn't that bad, "But we want 100 per cent of Tony Cingrani, not 60 or 70 per cent."
And the timing is perfect, if there is ever a perfect time to lose one of your starting pitchers. The Reds have three scheduled off days over the next 16 days, meaning they can operate with a four-man rotation until a fifth starter is needed May 17 in Philadelphia. By that time they believe Cingrani should be back at full strength.
Cingrani pitched Wednesday night against the Cubs and left after four innings and 79 pitches, giving up three runs and six hits. And he left kicking and screaming, wanted...