I don't think the Reds have any other viable arms in the pen available in the minors. At this point you bring up the best you have and put them in the pen. Nothing wrong with Cingrani in the pen the rest of the year if needed. Used to be young pitchers got their MLB start in the pen and then moved into the rotation. For the rest of this season it should be no hindrance at all to his starting development to be in the pen. If an injury happens to a starter they could bring up Galarraga. He should be on the 40 man roster than Vilareal anyway.
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The Reds are 5.5 games up in the wildcard. Sean Marshall will be back in 3 weeks. You don't mess with the development/usage of Cingrani, the 6th starter, just to feel good about the bullpen for the next 20 days, IMO. Other guys need to step up.
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It should also be noted that in the minors, before Wainwright was ever in the Majors, he had three good pitches according to the scouting reports from old BA Handbooks. The same can't be said for Cingrani. Not really an equal comparison.
Last edited by dougdirt; 06-16-2013 at 05:38 PM.