Just as the injury-riddled Cincinnati Reds gain an ace pitcher from the disabled list, they lose one of their highly paid setup men. Fortunately for them, it appears as if a replacement is within their own organization.
The Reds have activated right handed starter Mat Latos from the disabled list, after elbow surgery in spring training sidelined him for the first two and a half months of the season. Latos will start tonight against the Milwaukee Brewers.
Reliever Alfredo Simon replaced Latos in the rotation, and over performed, leading the National League in wins. His absence in the bullpen, however, left the Reds shorthanded and struggling.
One of the struggles involved left handed setup man Sean Marshall, who started the season on the DL himself, before an unsuccessful run in the majors. Of late, Marshall has been used sparingly, as he has a 7.71 ERA in 14 innings this season, including allowing 35 base runners in this time. Marshall was sent to the 15-day DL as Latos was reinstated.
Also having a less than stellar season is young southpaw starter Tony Cingrani, who was originally pegged to be the number-5 starter on the team after the exit of Bronson Arroyo prior to the season. However, a stint on the DL, as well as the slow development of his breaking pitches caused his season to get off to a slow start.
The Reds contemplated sending Cingrani to Triple-A Louisville, but ultimately favored moving him to the bullpen, in an effort to get him back on track, and limit his innings. The Reds have yet to play a single game all season at full strength, as they’ve had six all-stars on the disabled list.