Tony Cingrani SP CIN 4 Hrs

Tony Cingrani held the Pirates to one run in six innings and struck out seven in the Reds' victory Thursday.

Cingrani isn't pitching deep into games, but that's OK; the Reds need to limit his innings a bit to keep him on the mound through September and, hopefully, into October. He's now 2-2 with a 2.86 ERA. He's fanned 30 batters in 28 1/3 innings, which is still down a bit from last year's NL-best rate.

Tony Cingrani SP CIN 5 Days

Tony Cingrani gave up three runs over five innings Saturday in a loss to the Cubs.

Cingrani needed 104 pitches (55 strikes) to complete his five innings of work. He walked four and struck out three in the loss. He gave up four hits, so he has yet to give up more than five hits in any of his 22 starts in the majors. He'll bring a 3.22 ERA into a start against the Pirates next week in Pittsburgh.

Tony Cingrani SP CIN 11 Days

Tony Cingrani held the Rays to two runs over 6 1/3 innings in Sunday's 12-4 victory.

He walked three but struck out six and allowed just five hits. Cingrani is the first pitcher in 100 years to start his career with 21 straight starts allowing five hits or fewer. He struggled in his second outing of the season but has pitched quite well the other two times out. The lefty takes on the Cubs next weekend.

Tony Cingrani SP CIN 17 Days

Tony Cingrani lasted just four innings in Monday's loss to the Cardinals, giving up three runs on three hits and four walks.

Cingrani struck out five and didn't allow a hit or a run after the first inning, but the damage was already done with him up to 88 pitches after four frames. Since he basically is a one-pitch pitcher, Cingrani is going to be in trouble when he doesn't have fastball command, and he didn't in this one. He'll try to bounce back this weekend versus the Rays.

Tony Cingrani SP CIN 22 Days

Tony Cingrani fired seven innings of shutout ball in the Reds' win over the Cardinals on Wednesday.

Cingrani was left with a no-decision because the Reds didn't break through until the bottom of the ninth inning. The young left-hander was outstanding against a tough St. Louis lineup, yielding only two hits and fanning nine batters over his seven scoreless frames. He will try to keep it rolling next week when he gets the Cardinals again -- this time in St. Louis.

Tony Cingrani SP CIN 1 Month

Tony Cingrani allowed three runs over 4 2/3 innings of a Cactus League start against the Cubs Saturday.

Cingrani was fortunate to only allow three runs, as the Cubs had five hits and four walks against the left-hander. The start was a microcosm of Cingrani's spring, as he owns a 6.23 ERA through 17 1/3 innings. Still, his spot in the rotation is guaranteed and his ability to strike out batters makes him an attractive fantasy option in the later rounds.

Tony Cingrani SP CIN 1 Month

Tony Cingrani struggled against the Athletics in Cactus League action on Sunday, giving up three runs on three hits in his four frames.

Cingrani also walked three while punching out four on the afternoon. The 24-year-old southpaw is expected to open the season in the Reds rotation, but has struggled this spring to the tune of a 6.39 ERA and 1.18 WHIP through 12 2/3 innings.

Tony Cingrani SP CIN 2 Months

Tony Cingrani struck out three batters over two scoreless innings against the Rockies Saturday.

Cingrani gave up just one hit and didn't walk anyone. The 24-year-old burst onto the scene in 2013, posting a 2.92 ERA 120/43 K/BB ratio in 104 2/3 innings of work. The hard-throwing lefty is set for a full slate of starts this year, and his strikeout ability makes him an attractive mid-round option in drafts.

Tony Cingrani SP CIN 7 Months

Tony Cingrani (back) has been sent to the Reds' spring training complex to get some work in.

Cingrani won't be an option for the NLDS, but he could join the Reds' bullpen later in the postseason if the club keeps advancing. The rookie left-hander has been sidelined since September 10 due to a recurring back issue.

Tony Cingrani SP CIN 7 Months

Reds manager Dusty Baker indicated that Tony Cingrani (back) might not pitch again this season.

"I don't know - probably not," said Baker. "With him, it's a whole lot different for getting him in the game at this point in the year. I know we did that with (Johnny) Cueto, but he knows himself and his mechanics are so sound, so it's a different situation. I just found out he's ready (Friday). Is that game-ready?" If Baker isn't comfortable using Cingrani this weekend, it's hard to believe that he'll be included on the postseason roster.