Reds' Tony Cingrani still not ready to return

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

Tony Cingrani still isn't ready to take the next step in his recovery from back spasms. (USATSI)
Tony Cingrani still isn't ready to take the next step in his recovery from back spasms. (USATSI)

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Reds rookie lefty Tony Cingrani hasn't pitched since Sept. 10 because of back spasms. The Reds had hoped that he'd be well enough in time to see action again in the regular season. Now, though, it's looking like that may not happen. MLB.com's Mark Sheldon reports that Cingrani will remain in Cincinnati for the time being and that his attempts to throw "have not gone well."

"It's progressed, but I didn't want it to get worse just to come here," said Reds head trainer Paul Lessard on Friday. "He's tried to go off a mound, but it's still tender. That's why we didn't want to continue to keep going off a mound."

This season, the 24-year-old Cingrani has pitched to a 2.33 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 2.79 K/BB ratio in 23 outings, 18 of which have been starts. While his control lapses at times, he does miss bats: 120 whiffs in 104 2/3 innings. His flexibility and general excellence would make him a valuable member of the postseason roster, should his health allow.

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