In what the Reds’ call a purely procedural move, pitcher Tony Cingrani was sent to the Reds’ affiliate Arizona League yesterday. Due to the All Star Break, the time between Cingrani’s last game and next game was too long for the Reds to remain comfortable. In the upcoming Double Header against the San Francisco Giants, Cingrani is scheduled to pitch the first game but Dusty Baker is yet to name a pitcher for the second game.
Due to MLB rules, the Reds’ can have a 26th man on their roster. This man is Neftali Soto. The Reds have called Soto up to add to their offensive movement. The 24 year old Soto has played a few different positions including First Base, Third Base and Designated Hitter so he should be pretty adaptable to any situation Dusty Baker places him in.
When Tony Cingrani was first called up to the Cincinnati Reds major league organization, within 3 starts and 5 innings of work he had an ERA of 1.80 including 4 hits. In more recent games, Cingrani has 10 starts under his belt that include a 3-1 record and an ERA of 3.23 as well as 23 earned runs aside from 10 home runs.
Neftali Soto is a right handed batter with a batting average of .278 and an On Base Percentage of .319 for the Louisville Bats that includes 11 home runs so far this season.
While this move does make some practical sense, we’ve known for a while that Tony Cingrani knows his job has been on the line. I can’t help but think the Reds are tweaking their roster for a playoff run. While it makes reasonable sense, I think Dusty Baker wants to see the chemistry of his team tweaked as well as their offense. All during the 2013 season, the Reds have mostly been pretty low scoring. Adding Soto could change that, at least for now.
The double header against the San Francisco Giants is scheduled for Tuesday, with the first game being a make-up game that was rained out back on July 4th.