Sep 20, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Mat Latos (55) delivers a pitch against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the first inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Reds activate Mat Latos, DL Sean Marshall, Tony Cingrani to pen

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.

Tags: Cincinnati Reds Mat Latos Sean Marshall Tony Cingrani

  • Ron Fulton

    Cingrani should have been used in relief of Latos. Ondrusak and Hoover are the worst pitchers, who cannot throw for strikes, on the roster. Price is making too many mistakes.

  • metalhead65

    marshall is only listed as injured because you can’t put he sucks as a reason for them being on the dl. he has been a big waste of money since they got him. as far as Cingrant goes how is making him a reliever going to make him a better starter? they should never have messed with him to start with, he made it to the majors and had a pretty good year last season using just his fastball. had they left him alone and he had gotten pounded he would have made the adjustment on his own but he he thought to much about using his other pitches in my opinion and that caused problems for him this year. he should have been sent to louisville where he would start every 5 days and be able to work on his other pitches without of the pressure of developing them in the majors. how is he going to be effective coming out of the pen when hitters will still be sitting on his fastball knowing he can’t command the off speed stuff yet?