Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Reds can ill afford more SP woes
By AJ Mass
When pitching coach Bryan Price went to the mound to counsel Tony Cingrani after the Cincinnati Reds starter appeared to be in need of a pep talk in the fourth inning of Tuesday night's game, it seemed like your ordinary trip to the mound. It wasn't.
Price summoned the team trainer and manager Dusty Baker to check on Cingrani, who admitted that he was having some problems with his back. Although watching the game on television, you could clearly see Cingrani state that he wanted to finish the innings, the Reds erred on the side of caution and went to the bullpen immediately.
Baker would later tell reporters that Cingrani had been bothered by the injury for a few weeks, but kept it to himself. "The young guys, they want to stay in the rotation and stay in the big leagues. I’m just hoping it’s not too serious."
Cingrani had better be OK, because Johnny Cueto, the pitcher he replaced in the rotation, may not be returning at all this season:
Stephania BellInjury updates: CarGo, Cueto, Halladay
"For anyone who was still holding out some hope for a late season return by Cueto, the curtain is starting to drop. To be fair, when Cueto went on the DL for the third time this year with a strained latissimus dorsi muscle, the Reds acknowledged it might be an issue for the remainder of the season. The latest tests administered by the team would seem to confirm that notion. According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, Cueto’s most recent MRI shows about 75 percent healing of the lat. Translation: Not healed enough to begin throwing."