Late Thursday night, the Reds announced that lefty reliever Tony Cingrani will be going on the 10-day disabled list with an oblique injury:
Cingrani last pitched in Tuesday’s 9-3 victory over Baltimore and felt some soreness in his oblique on his last pitch, a fly out to right field. Cingrani didn’t think it was a big deal on Wednesday, but when it was still bothering him on Thursday, he saw team medical director Dr. Timothy Kremchek. The Reds decided to err on the side of caution putting him on the DL.
Cingrani had been pitching well in his 2017 role (“Not A Closer”), and we wish him a speedy recovery. I’d suggest you go read all of C. Trent Rosecrans piece on the move. The quote from Bryan Price is particularly interesting.
For years, we’ve complained (whined?) here at Redleg Nation about the Reds playing short-handed while they waited for a player to return from some minor injury, rather than placing that player on the disabled list and replacing him on the active roster. With the institution of the 10-day disabled list (rather than 15-days, as was previously required), it seems that the Reds might be moving away from that tendency. This is good news, as far as I’m concerned.
In Cingrani’s case, it’s certainly a smart decision, in that oblique injuries can linger if you don’t let them recover.
The Reds will announce a corresponding roster move on Friday. Welcome back, Barrett Astin?