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Cingrani (shoulder) could compete either for a rotation or bullpen spot in spring training, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

The Reds are being especially cautious with Cingrani due to the nature of his injury, but have been optimistic so far with his progress. Right now the Reds' rotation is spoken for, but between injuries to Homer Bailey and Mat Latos, and the contract situations of Latos, Johnny Cueto, Mike Leake and Alfredo Simon (all four will be free agents after the 2015 season), it's not hard to envision a rotation spot opening up.

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Cingrani (shoulder) is not expected to return to the Reds this season, MLB.com reports.

The team was holding out hope that Cingrani could contribute in some capacity during the final weeks of the season, but manager Bryan Price finally caved Tuesday, saying "I don't think he would have enough time to get back and be able to help us in September." Cingrani has been out since late June with a shoulder strain and recently had to shut down his throwing program due to an impingement. He was treated with a PRP injection and may need a second one in the coming weeks.

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Cingrani (shoulder) remains unable to throw, the Associated Press reports.

With the minor league season nearing an end, Cingrani's chances to pitch again in 2014 -- at least a starter -- could be very limited. If he's healthy enough to pitch in September, it will likely be out of the bullpen for the Reds, but that's hardly guaranteed given his lack of progress thus far in his recovery.

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Cingrani recently tried to resume a throwing program but was shut down after feeling renewed soreness, MLB.com reports.

The team may send Cingrani for a platelet-rich plasma injection following the latest setback with his shoulder, which would theoretically speed up his recovery but also delay his throwing for at least another week. Manager Bryan Price said the team still views Cingrani as "a possible mid-to-late September option" for the big club, but given how long the issue has lingered, it may be in the lefty's best interest to shut him down and look ahead to 2015.

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Cingrani (shoulder) has rebooted his throwing program, C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

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Tony Cingrani (shoulder) has yet to resume throwing.

Cingrani has been on Triple-A Louisville's disabled list for the last month with a left shoulder impingement. "Other than the strengthening stuff, he hasn't gotten to the point where he's able to start throwing yet," Reds manager Bryan Price said. It's not clear when Cingrani will be allowed to pick up a ball again, but obviously he's not going to be an option for the Reds for a while.

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Tony Cingrani has been placed on Triple-A Louisville's disabled list with a left shoulder strain.

Cingrani also missed time earlier this season with the big club due to a shoulder injury. It's not clear at this point how much time he might miss. He had yet to make an appearance for Louisville after being sent down last week.

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Reds optioned LHP Tony Cingrani to Triple-A Louisville.

Cingrani walked in the winning run in Thursday's loss to the Pirates, which as it turns out was the final straw. The lefty was removed from the Reds' rotation last week and is probably best off staying stretched out in Louisville's rotation.

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Tony Cingrani walked in the winning run in a 4-3 loss to the Pirates in 12 innings on Thursday.

Cingrani allowed a double and a walk to begin the 11th inning, but managed to wiggle out of the jam to keep the Reds alive. However, he gave up a one-out single to Gaby Sanchez in his second inning of work before balking him over to second base and intentionally walking Josh Harrison. He got Jordy Mercer to strike out swinging for the second out, but then hit Clint Barmes with a pitch before walking Russell Martin with the bases loaded to end it. The Reds have decided to keep Cingrani in the bullpen for now, but if he fails to find success, they could opt to keep him stretched out as rotation insurance in Triple-A.

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Reds manager Bryan Price said Friday that he's unsure whether the team will move Tony Cingrani to the bullpen or send him to Triple-A.

Cingrani, who has been bumped from the rotation to accommodate the return of Mat Latos (elbow), could undoubtedly help the team as a reliever. However, the Reds might decide he's best off staying stretched out in the Triple-A rotation. We'll know their decision on Saturday when Latos is activated.