Reds have RH Reynolds ready to go vs Brewers
Right-hander Greg Reynolds joined the Cincinnati Reds on
Saturday so he can start the final game of a series against the
Left-hander Tony Cingrani got more treatment Saturday for a
strained lower back that forced him out of his last start. He was
scheduled to pitch the final game of the series Sunday, but manager
Dusty Baker decided that Reynolds will take his place.
Baker didn’t want to take the chance of having Cingrani’s back
act up, forcing him to use his whole bullpen.
”I can’t afford to use my bullpen again,” Baker said.
Cingrani had to leave in the fourth inning of a 5-2 loss to
Arizona on Tuesday. He said the back had been sore lately, but got
worse in the game. A few days of treatment helped it.
”I feel fantastic,” Cingrani said Saturday, just before
Reynolds walked into the clubhouse carrying his Reds equipment bag.
”Everything’s moving around fine.”
The Reds didn’t want to take a chance.
It will be Reynolds’ second start this season for the Reds. He
was called up from Triple-A Louisville to pitch the second game of
a doubleheader on July 23 in San Francisco, the area where he grew
up. Reynolds pitched at Stanford and had a lot of friends and
family on hand for the game.
Reynolds was the second overall pick in the 2006 draft, going to
Colorado. He made 16 starts and 27 appearances overall for the
Rockies in 2008 and 2011. It was a big moment for him to get a
chance to start in San Francisco last July, when he ended up giving
up five runs and eight hits in five innings of a 5-3 loss.
”I think I’ll be a little more comfortable this time, just
having met everybody,” Reynolds said. ”In San Francisco, things
were moving a little fast in that first inning and I was having a
tough time slowing it down. I don’t anticipate that will be an
”There was a lot of other stuff that went along with it, with
family and friends coming out. This one will be a little more
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