About 30 minutes ago the Cincinnati Reds and Triple-A Louisville Bats announced that left handed pitcher Tony Cingrani has been placed on the disabled list with a left shoulder strain.
LHP Tony Cingrani placed on AAA-Louisville's DL with left shoulder strain. #Reds
— Jamie Ramsey (@Jamieblog) June 26, 2014
Originally the left hander was scheduled to start for Louisville earlier this week, but two days before the start he was removed as a probable pitcher without a reason given. Today the announcement was made that he was going to the disabled list for the second time this year with shoulder problems. He spent a little over two weeks on the disabled list in May with a shoulder issue, though he maintains that he was fine and ready to pitch.
The velocity for Cingrani has been in decline since the middle of last season, though it has been on a very small rise this season, it was still down from last year. A shoulder injury is never a good thing for a pitcher. While guys come back from elbow problems these days, albeit with rest and rehab, coming back from shoulder problems is still a pretty big issue if a guy needs to go under the knife. Right now, it doesn’t seem that Cingrani is heading down that road, but it may be a good plan to give him a little extra time to come back from this injury given that it is the second time he has gone to the disabled list with a shoulder issue this season.