After having picked up the loss on Thursday afternoon for the Cincinnati Reds, Tony Cingrani was sent down to Triple-A Louisville on Friday afternoon.
As much as the demotion is a major part of the roster move, the real story is that for the first time in his life, Jumbo Diaz will be on a Major League roster.
An odyssey that began in 2002 as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers organization, the 18-year-old Diaz had his entire career ahead of him. It took until 2011 for him to even reach the Triple-A level while with the Baltimore Orioles. Eventually, in 2013, he would come to the Reds.
Last season at Louisville, Diaz would post a 1.66 ERA in 54.1 innings of work, racking up 13 saves along the way. A member of the Spring Training squad this past February/March, Diaz impressed and made a bid for making the big league roster, but due to a lack of space on the 40-man roster, he was once again assigned to Louisville.
Rather than having his performance tail off, Diaz stepped up his game. Thus far, in 2014, he has posted a 1.35 ERA in 33.1 innings of work, while saving 18 games.
His addition to the Reds’ roster comes at a critical time with so much turmoil in the middle innings.
Unfortunately, Diaz’s addition means that someone had to either go off the 40-man roster, or enter the 60-day disabled list. It was the latter, and it was Sean Marshall who found himself not only going on the list, but also having shoulder surgery.
Jumbo Diaz to Cincinnati
Tony Cingrani to Louisville
Brett Marshall to Louisville
Sean Marshall to 60-day DL
Trevor Bell to 60-day DL