DENVER -- Left-handed starting pitcher Tony Cingrani, currently on Triple-A Louisville's disabled list because of a shoulder impingement, is not close to a return. Cingrani, who last pitched for the Reds on June 17 before a demotion, recently tried resuming a throwing program but was shut down after he felt soreness.
Reds manager Bryan Price said that Cingrani could receive a platelet-rich plasma injection to help speed his healing. It would require at least a week after the injection before he could try throwing.
The organization has not ruled out getting Cingrani back to the big leagues before the end of the season.
"He'd certainly be a guy we would like to see as a possible a mid-to-late September option," Price said. "But he's so far removed from pitching now. I don't want to say it's unlikely, but things are going to have to happen rather soon in order for him to be a consideration for September."
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