Cingrani iffy for Sunday

Friday was going to be a key day in determining whether LHP Tony Cingrani could make his next start on Sunday after he strained his right lower back in his previous start. Cingrani had his side bullpen session.

It did not go very well. After only 12 pitches, Cingrani was told to stop.

“It was just so-so, unfortunately,” head trainer Paul Lessard said. “Everything on flat ground was good. He threw off the mound and it was just average.”

What does that mean for Sunday vs. the Brewers?

“That means a lot of heads have to get together and figure out what we’re going to do for Sunday, whether he’s going to pitch or not,” Cingrani said.

If the Reds need a starter, they could call up RHP Greg Reynolds from Louisville. Reynolds is on the same schedule as Cingrani and it would be his day to pitch. But Reynolds is not on the 40-man roster and an added move would be required. Jonathan Broxton’s season-ending forearm surgery could very well have him moved to the 60-day DL.

Cingrani exited his start on Tuesday vs. Arizona after only 3 2/3 innings when he felt some back soreness.

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