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Cingrani (shoulder) has been deemed ready to go for the start of spring training, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.A bout of shoulder tendinitis forced Cingrani to the DL a month into the 2014 campaign and the shoulder issues persisted the rest of the year, limiting him to just 13 appearances (11 starts) with the Reds. However, it sounds like the lefty is back close to full strength, with manager Bryan Price reiterating Wednesday that Cingrani has an inside track at one of the team's final rotation spots. The Reds don't really have many viable alternatives, but Cingrani will still need to perform during Cactus League play to solidify his hold on the job.

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Cingrani (shoulder) and Anthony DeSclafani are the favorites to fill the Reds' final two rotation spots, according to manager Bryan Price, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Behind Johnny Cueto, Homer Bailey (forearm) and Mike Leake, the Reds' rotation is still very much up in the air less than a month before spring training. While Price noted that Cingrani and DeSclafani are the frontrunners for the final two spots, he noted, "We don't want to be giving away jobs on our ballclub in January." In Cingrani's case, his chances hinge directly on the healthy of his injured shoulder, which limited him to 13 largely ineffective appearances (4.55 ERA, 1.53 WHIP over 63.1 innings) in 2014. He did not have surgery on the shoulder but was treated with a platelet-rich plasma injection last year.

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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.