After having to leave his last start with a back injury, Cincinnati Reds' pitcher Tony Cingrani was confident he would make his next start. He was wrong. The Reds announced yesterday afternoon that Cingrani was going to the 15-day DL with a back strain.
#Reds place LHP Tony Cingrani (low back strain) on 15-day DL, retro 8/21; select RHP Greg Reynolds; move RHP Jonathan Broxton to 60-day DL.
— MLBRosterMoves (@MLBRosterMoves) August 25, 2013
When he was pulled from his last start, Cingrani said the pain and stiffness in his back was something he had been dealing with for a while. He did not seem concerned, but clearly the injury did not clear up. The Reds' waited long enough, but they had to make a move. So they did so yesterday.
Cingrani could spend just 10 days on the DL since the move was made retroactive to 8/21, but it would not be surprising to see him stay on longer than the minimum. Back injuries can linger, and rest is really the only cure.
Cingrani is in his second Major League season. He has made 16 starts for the Reds this season, but he has also come out of the bullpen five times. Overall, Cingrani is 6-3 with a 2.76 ERA. He three appearances in relief for the Reds last year and posted a 1.80 ERA. The Reds are excited about what he can do, but they want to take it easy with him and make sure he stays healthy.
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