According to C Trent Rosecrans, the Reds have called up Neftali Soto and sent Tony Cingrani down to AAA. From CTR:

Soto’s been up once already this season, grounding out in his lone at-bat. The 24-year-old right-handed batter was hitting .278/.319/.428 with 11 home runs and 45 RBI for Triple-A Louisville, where he’s played third base, first base and DH.

Cingrani can still be recalled to make his planned start on Tuesday in San Francisco. Normally, players who are sent to the minors have to stay there for 10 days, barring an injury. The exception in this case relates to the double-header now scheduled in San Francisco on Tuesday. The collective bargaining agreement gives teams the right to call up a 26th player outside the 10-day rule. Cingrani will be that player. He’ll come up to pitch Tuesday then go back to Louisville. Then Cingrani will return for his regular turn in the rotation at the end of the ten day period.

This action by the Reds puts an extra bat (Soto) on the bench for the next ten days — eleven games, with the double-header. Cingrani won’t miss a start (although he will miss out on nine days of major league salary, to Soto’s benefit).

It’s a clever move.

29 Responses

  1. rfay00

    If Soto gets some playing time at 3B and performs, couldn’t it be an idea to put him at 3rd and Frazier in LF?

  2. Shchi Cossack

    Cingrani also needs to pitch in the Bats’ game tonight or he will have a very extended layoff between starts. Reineke is starting, but Cingrani should get a long relief effort to stay on schedule.

  3. athensRed

    Would be nice to see him get a couple of hits, definitely a candidate to be traded at the deadline.

  4. Robert

    I wouldn’t say that calling Soto up is much of a bat. He might get 3 or 4 at bats in 10 days, how much is that really going to help.

    This tells me that the Reds are NOT going to trade for a bat. They are just going to continue to let the offense struggle with mediocrity and inconsistency.

    • rhayex

      @WedgieSanders: YES. This is one of the guys I’ve been saying the Reds should sign. There was another Cuban pitcher who defected today or yesterday that I think might be good too.

      Basically, they should at least try to sign these guys. Every defector I’ve followed in the past year or so has turned out to be either a star, or a top prospect. It’s ridiculous.

    • ToddAlmighty

      @WedgieSanders: No thanks, we already have a Cuban defector who’s talent is being squandered. Don’t need a second. Now if he was a left fielder instead of a pitcher, we might need to talk. Hah

      • rhayex

        @ToddAlmighty: Why should that be a deterrent? The Reds need more top prospects, and you can never have enough pitching. Plus, this gives them the flexibility to both allow Arroyo to walk and explore a big trade with Bailey or Cueto without fear. It helps all around.

      • rhayex

        @ToddAlmighty: Also, they missed their chance with the LF. He signed with someone (I believe the A’s) for 800k. He was 24.

  5. Baseclogger

    Maybe this is a silly question, but does Cingrani actually have to GO to Louisville if there’s absolutely no chance he’ll throw a pitch for them? Can he travel with the Reds even if he “plays for” the Bats?

    • dc937

      @Baseclogger: I think he was actually optioned to the Rookie team in Arizona, probably just due to its proximity to SF. I bet its nice for the young pitchers to be able to pick his brain for a few days though. I’d be surprised if he didn’t spend any time with whichever team he has been optioned to.

      • Baseclogger

        @dc937: Ah, yes, the article does say Arizona. The summary above says he was sent to AAA.

  6. renbutler

    So, who gets the other start on double-header day?

    • Hank Aarons Teammate

      @renbutler: I’m guessing Villareal, and fortunately I didn’t just eat.

      • ToddAlmighty

        @rhayex: Problem with Greg Reynolds is that it’s not on the 40 man roster. So while I think he’d probably be the best bet for winning, the reality is that it’s probably either going to come down to Villareal or Corcino. Both are on the 40-man roster and currently in AAA. Also both have over a 5.00 ERA in AAA, with Corcino having one over 6.00….

        So yeah, one of those two most likely, and neither will likely be a pretty outcome.

      • TC

        @ToddAlmighty: In my mind the Reds should find a way to get Reynolds on the 40-man. There is plenty of ways to do it. Something like the Galarraga deal, but with someone on the 40-man should do the trick.

    • Eric the Red

      @renbutler: I might be wrong, but it doesn’t sound like the Reds are planning on calling anyone else up. When Cingrani comes up to pitch on Tuesday, he will be the 26th man you are allowed to have for a double header. In order to have someone else start, they’d have to send Soto down, but it sounds like they are planning on keeping him up for the 10 days. Or pitch Leake on short rest Tuesday, send Rodriguez down Wednesday and use the AAA starter on Wednesday? Maybe I’m missing something.

  7. Hank Aarons Teammate

    I said this on another thread, but I’d have loved to see the Reds pick up Pedro Ciriaco off waivers and dump Izturis.

    • ToddAlmighty

      @Hank Aarons Teammate: Career 90 OPS+, 12 errors in 360.1 innings. Sounds like only a marginal upgrade offensively, and a liability with a glove. Oh, and he’s got 6 years less of veteranyness. So between his glove and age, probably never going to happen.

      Reds value a glove a whole lot. That’s why Juan Francisco got traded, and Henry Rodriguez is still toiling in the minors even though he could probably have an MLB bat.

      • rhayex

        @TC: Every bench player is going to have their flaws. The problem with Izturis is that he doesn’t have any redeeming qualities on the field. Ciriaco might at least hit decently.

        The reason HRod isn’t in the majors when he can (supposedly) hit is because he’s a prospect still. The Reds don’t want him riding the bench unless it’s an absolute necessity. At least, I would think that’s the case.

      • Hank Aarons Teammate

        @ToddAlmighty: A 90 OPS+ is a lot better than a 44 OPS+. It’s also miles better than what Cozart is putting up. I’m not suggesting he take Cozart’s spot, but Izturis is terrible.

  8. Bill Lack

    Steve’s post is wrong, Cingrani wasn’t sent to AAA, he was sent to Arizona. He’ll get his throwing in out there, probably with the AZL Reds, I’d guess.

  9. RedManifesto

    I’d just like to say I’m proud everyone here on this site and sports fans in general. This was the most boring sports week of the calendar year. No basketball, football, hockey or baseball…and we survived. I don’t know, but we persevered, overcoming monotony, tedium and some downright ridiculous “sports coverage” of some college kid named Johnny Football. This all may sound facetious but I am dead serious.

    Welcome back, baseball, we missed you!

  10. Lost and Found

    For all the times we grip about playing shorthanded with 10-day long day-to-day injuries, we have to give kudos to the front office for this use of the double header rule.

    As to who will start the other game of the DH, my guess is they’ll move everyone else up a day and limit starters innings either agains pittsburg or the giants. A luxury that is possible due to the ASB. ie Latos starts tonight after 7 days in between starts, goes 6, maybe 7, then pitches another 6 innings tuesday on three days rest.. Perhaps this is what they’re thinking.

  11. Sultan of Swaff

    MLBtraderumors has the Pirates eyeing Alex Rios and Alexei Ramirez. Seems to make too much sense for them not to do–fills 2 gaping holes in RF and SS. The Pirates have a <$70mil payroll and a healthy farm system, so whether they want to take on salary or give up prospects, they are in a perfect position to do so.

  12. TC

    I’m not crazy about the Reds playing a home game in SF, but hey, what are they going to do.