Cingrani still in Cincinnati

LHP Tony Cingrani, who hasn’t pitched since exiting his last start Sept. 10 vs. the Cubs when he had back spasms, did not rejoin the Reds in Pittsburgh like had been originally planned.

Cingrani has not shown much improvement.

“It’s progressed but I didn’t want it to get worse just to come here,” Reds head trainer Paul Lessard said on Friday. “He’s tried to go off a mound but it’s still tender. That’s why we didn’t want to continue to keep going off a mound.”

Cingrani also missed two starts on the disabled list in August because of a lower back strain. He will continue to rehab in Cincinnati.

“We didn’t want him to take a puddle jumper [flight] out here just for him to hang out here and be here,” Lessard said. “I’d rather him stay there and keep working on it.”

The Reds will evaluate Cingrani again next week when the team is home. But to me, it’s certainly not looking good for Cingrani’s postseason status at this point.

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