The Cincinnati Reds will have a familiar face back in their bullpen beginning tonight, as Tony Cingrani and his plus pitch face have been activated from the 10-day DL. Cingrani hit the DL back on April 20th with an oblique issue that wasn’t originally slated to need nearly 7 weeks of rest and rehab, but as we watched with Anthony DeSclafani (remember him?) last year, oblique injuries are testy, and often need a complete shutdown to full heal.
The Reds announced the move on Twitter, including that RHP Lisalverto Bonilla was optioned to AAA Louisville to make room on the roster.
Bonilla was 1-3 with a 7.43 ERA and 1.56 WHIP in his 26.2 innings in the big leagues this year, with a gritty complete game a day after the team’s 17 inning loss to the San Francisco Giants had totally sapped the bullpen being the clear highlight. Beyond that, however, he’d been yet another Cincinnati starter who just couldn’t get the job done this year, though he’ll surely be working on that craft again with Louisville.
Cingrani, for what it’s worth, had been off a great start to the season prior to getting hurt, allowing just 1 ER in his 5 appearances with 5 Ks and a lone walk in his 4.2 IP. He was averaging a career-best 94.7 mph on his fastball, and tossed 3 scoreless innings between Dayton and Louisville during his rehab stints over the last week. Given that he’ll be eligible for arbitration for the second time after this season (read: he’ll be due a raise on his $1.8 million salary from 2017), his ability to stay healthy and productive for the remainder of the season will prove vital for his long-term future with the Reds.