Reds option Tony Cingrani back to Triple-A
Left-hander Tony Cingrani was optioned to Triple-A by the Reds, meaning Mike Leake will remain in the rotation when Johnny Cueto returns.
Cingrani, 23, is 2-0 with a 3.27 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 41 strikeouts in 33 innings pitched (six starts) this season. He was outstanding through three starts, but has a 5.40 ERA in his last three outings.
Leake, 25, is 3-2 with a 3.72 ERA, 1.49 WHIP and 34 strikeouts in 48 1/3 innings, but he has the experience edge, with 86 career starts under his belt.
Soto, 24, is hitting .269/.310/.388 with seven doubles, three homers and 16 RBI in 33 games for Triple-A Louisville. Barring injury, he is likely to only be with the club as extra bench depth Saturday and Sunday before Cueto is activated Monday.