The Cincinnati Reds have placed lefty reliever Tony Cingani on the 15 day DL with a strained shoulder, the team announced Monday afternoon.
The Reds have placed on the 15-day DL, retroactive to yesterday, LHP Tony Cingrani; recalled from Louisville RHP Pedro Villarreal (#62).— #VoteReds (@Reds) June 15, 2015
Cingrani has pitched to a 3.47 ERA and 1.46 WHIP to this point in 2015, which is actually half decent given the performances of many of his bullpen mates this season. He has continued to keep his hits allowed at a minimum despite his move from the rotation to the bullpen (6.6 H/9 in 2015), but his walk rate has climbed to an ugly level (also 6.6 per 9) and it has combined to bite him on several occasions.
The team backdated his DL trip to yesterday, 6/14, which was the day after his last appearance, a rough one where he allowed a walk-off run in the 9th inning against the Chicago Cubs after allowing two hits and failing to record an out. Perhaps it was that performance that caused the shoulder irritation, or perhaps it was merely the performance that prompted the team to start poking around to see if there was something physically wrong with Cingrani. According to FanGraphs, his velocity this season has been right in line with in previous years, which would suggest that something tangible occurred on Saturday to cause the irritation in his shoulder.
It's also worth noting that Cingrani has had issues with his shoulder before, as a comparable injury banished him to the nether regions of the Reds minor league DL in 2014.
Pedro Villarreal will again rejoin the Reds, as he seemingly has in each and every transaction this year. He's pitched to a 7.71 ERA in very limited big league action so far, but has actually thrown decently in Louisville, as his 3.81 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, and 5.25 K/BB confirm.
Yet another in the long line of debilitating injuries the Reds have suffered in their quest to maintain mediocrity and relevance in this, their All Star Game hosting year. If you see the 2015 season walking down the street, you have my full permission to kick it in the shins.