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Reds see callup Cingrani as bullpen support

Reds see callup Cingrani as bullpen support

Reds see callup Cingrani as bullpen support
CHICAGO -- As the Reds near the end of the regular season and prepare their rotation for the postseason, there is no chance that September callup Tony Cingrani will get a start.

Cingrani -- a left-handed starter who split this season at Class A Bakersfield and Double-A Pensacola, and ranked by MLB.com as the Reds' No. 3 prospect -- threw 146 innings in the Minors and is near his innings limit.

"We didn't bring him up here to be a starter," Reds pitching coach Bryan Price said on Wednesday. "We didn't bring him up here to be a guy who inherits a lot of innings during his stay. We certainly feel, for a guy who is an experienced relief pitcher and being short from that side, that he could give us some support in a more limited role."

Cingrani has experience as a closer from his season at Rice University. As for whether he would get consideration for the postseason roster, Price declined to say.

"I don't think it's something I should talk about," Price said. "I'll let Dusty [Baker] talk about it."

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