Johnny Cueto to start Sunday, Reds may put Tony Cingrani in bullpen
Johnny Cueto will return from a shoulder injury Sunday, but rookie starter Tony Cingrani may not be who gets sent down to Triple-A.
Reds ace Johnny Cueto is going to be activated and then start Sunday against the Brewers, manager Dusty Baker told reporters (Cincinnati.com). This means Cueto will have spent the minimum of 15 days on the disabled list. He last started May 31 against the Pirates.
Cueto, 27, is 3-0 with a 2.17 ERA, 0.88 WHIP and 34 strikeouts in 37 1/3 innings this season, but he's only made six starts due to two stints on the DL. This comes one season after the entire Reds rotation had zero trips to the disabled list.
There's no word of the corresponding move, but Baker didn't rule out keeping rookie Tony Cingrani up in the bigs and using him out of the bullpen. Normally putting a rookie starter with high future upside in the bullpen instead of sending him back down to Triple-A to continue starting wouldn't be considered, but the Reds' bullpen is badly banged up -- Jonathan Broxton, Nick Masset and Sean Marshall are on the DL -- and any move of Cingrani would be a temporary measure to prevent some relievers from getting overworked.