Tony Cingrani stays with Reds, shifts to bullpen

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Last time Johnny Cueto returned from the disabled list the Reds sent his rotation fill-in, Tony Cingrani, back to Triple-A, but this time around they’ve decided to keep the rookie left-hander around as a reliever.

“He fills what we need,” manager Dusty Baker told Mark Sheldon of MLB.com. “We need a power arm in the bullpen, and a left-hander.” Jonathan Broxton and Sean Marshall are both on the disabled list, so the Reds can certainly use the (temporary) late-inning bullpen help in front of Aroldis Chapman.

And it’s also tough to demote a guy for the second time when he has a 3.15 ERA and 46/10 K/BB ratio in 40 innings while holding opponents to a .207 batting average.

Red Sox to extend protective netting at Fenway Park in 2018

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The Red Sox are the latest team to extend the protective netting at their ballpark this winter. According to a statement by club president Sam Kennedy, the exact dimensions of the netting have yet to be determined, but it will likely stretch “all the way to Field Box 79, down the left field line and then all the way down to almost Canvas Alley in the Field Box 9 area.”

Fenway Park received additional protective netting prior to the 2016 season, when the netting behind home plate was lengthened to the home and visitor dugouts. Per Kennedy’s statement, the current expansion should cover everything but the outfield corners, making it nearly impossible for a line drive foul to reach fans in the lower boxes.

After a toddler sustained serious injuries from a 105-MPH foul ball to the face at Yankee Stadium last September, over half of all MLB teams decided to take more extreme preventative measures in advance of the 2018 season. The Brewers, Cardinals, Braves, Astros, Royals, Pirates, Rangers, Padres, Nationals, Mariners, Phillies, Mets, Reds, Blue Jays, Giants, Yankees, Twins and Indians are among the organizations to address the issue over the last several years, while others have yet to take significant action.