Soto called up
One roster move to report from today’s Reds workout.
LHP Tony Cingrani was optioned to the AZL Reds and 1B/3B Neftali Soto was recalled from Triple-A Louisville. Cingrani was sent out because of the lengthy break between outings. But he was at the workout at Great American Ball Park.
Cingrani will return to the Reds and pitch one of the games of the July 23 doubleheader at San Francisco.
Under the rules, the Reds don’t have to wait the usual 10 days to get Cingrani back because he can be added as the roster’s 26th man for a doubleheader.
The Reds have not decided/named a starter for the other game of that doubleheader.
UPDATE with other news:
*Dusty Baker was asked how he felt about the Reds having their July 4 rainout with the Giants rescheduled as part of a doubleheader in San Francisco.
“I don’t care. They didn’t ask me,” Baker said. “Everybody asks how I feel about it. We went round and round and they had negoitations between us and the Giants if we were going to be the home team or split the gate. All kinds of stuff was involved in it. I’m involved in the on-the-field stuff. Some of that has to do with baseball business. Some of that has to do with the players association, consecutive days … a bunch of stuff in there.
“I just hope we don’t get any more rainouts.”
*OF Ryan Ludwick was slated to hit on the field in batting practice today. Ludwick hasn’t played since Opening Day and had right shoulder surgery. The exact target date for his return is unknown but the expectation has been some time in August.
*All-Stars Joey Votto, Brandon Phillips and Aroldis Chapman were excused from Thursday’s workout at GABP.