Cingrani entered the game to start the eighth inning, protecting a one-run lead in his first save opportunity of the season. He allowed a walk, triple and single to the only three batters he faced. The only out he recorded was on a pick-off.
Cingrani saw his ERA increase to 2.70.
Michael Lorenzen will be promoted from Triple-A Louisville to start Wednesday, while Mike Leake will start Thursday. Price added that in order for Cingrani to join the rotation, he'll have to stretch out in the minors.
"It would almost seem like it would require us sending him to the minor leagues to get stretched out," Price said. "I made the decision -- I was involved, a big supporter of putting him in the bullpen -- not because that's what we needed for this club at the time. What I felt was it was where he was best suited coming off a year of a lot of injury and shoulder concerns and the limited development of his off-speed pitches. It just seemed like for him to be able to come in there and maybe cut his mix of pitches to two and come in and be that … it just seemed to fit his nature -- very, very aggressive, doesn't really back off and feel his way through six to nine innings.
"He goes as hard as he can, as long as he can. I think his temperament is suited better – at this point in time – as a relief pitcher. Some day he may prove me wrong and be a great starting pitcher. I wouldn't say that's an impossible thing to have happen."
"I've just been hanging out for a little while," said Cingrani to MLB.com. "Everything feels good. I was obviously refreshed. I like one inning, two innings. I'm good at that. It's pretty easy. Just go out there and throw as hard as you can."
Cingrani recorded two strikeouts in his two innings of work and lowered his ERA to 1.69 in 5 1/3 innings.
"Tony left it right there and I think gave us a vision of some of the things he can do to help us out of the bullpen," manager Bryan Price said. "I needed him for two innings today. We'll see where he is [Monday]. You're certainly going to run with the guys throwing the ball the best."
In three relief outings, Cingrani has allowed only one earned run over 3 1/3 innings.
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“He may be. He may not be,” Price replied. “It just depends on who I have healthy and who is down there. He’s a guy who is experienced as a closer, a setup man and a starter. He’s a guy who has been a lot tighter situations than that over the course of his career. As I’ve told you, the bullpen will be ever evolving. These guys will cut out their roles based on how they perform,” per mlblogs.com.
Price acknowldeged that some adjustments will have to be made in the bullpen.
“Once the eighth inning becomes a situational inning, it becomes a challenge,” Price said. “We went into that game anticipating him pitching the eighth inning. It didn’t go as well as we had anticipated. The eighth inning isn’t really a matchup inning. We really had hoped that it would be a clean inning and it wasn’t, so I had to make some adjustments there.”
Price added that pitchers
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