Reds to use Tony Cingrani out of bullpen

The Reds' Tony Cingrani will be doing this out of the bullpen for the time being. (USATSI)
The Reds' Tony Cingrani will be doing this out of the bullpen for the time being. (USATSI)

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Leading up to the return of Johnny Cueto from the DL, the Reds for a time seemed poised to return hard-throwing left-hander Tony Cingrani to the minors. Now, though, C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the Reds, after deciding to keep Cingrani on the 25-man roster, will instead use him as a reliever.

"He fills what we need," Reds manager Dusty Baker said of Cingrani's upcoming transition. "We need a power arm out of the bullpen, and a lefty."

This season, the 23-year-old Cingrani has a 3.15 ERA and 29.3 K% in seven starts this season. Last season, he made two relief appearances in the majors and one in the minors.

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