In another roster move in the wonder world of Major League Baseball, the Cincinnati Reds have optioned left handed pitcher Tony Cingrani to the Arizona League Reds.
The Reds made this move knowing he is going to return next week to start in a doubleheader on Tuesday against the San Francisco Giants. He has a 3-1 record in 10 starts, 23 earned runs and 10 home runs with an ERA of 3.23.
He made his major league debut last season for the Reds as he made 3 appearances and posted an ERA of 1.80 with just 5 innings pitched, 4 hits and 1 earned run.
Taking his place on the roster until them is 24 year old right handed hitter Neftali Soto. Soto was batting .278/.319/.428 with 11 home runs and 45 RBI’s for Triple-A Louisville, playing multiple positions being 3rd base, 1st base and designated hitter.
The organization didn’t announce a second starter for the doubleheader on Tuesday against the Giants. According to a new collective bargaining agreement, teams can have a 26th man on their active roster for doubleheaders and do not have the old 10-day restriction on calling up recently optioned players.
So this move involving Tony Cingrani makes complete sense and is pretty smart.