Reds place Tony Cingrani on the disabled list

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Reds left-hander Tony Cingrani made an early exit from his start Tuesday against the Diamondbacks with a lower back strain and hadn’t made enough progress by his next turn in the starting rotation so he has been placed on the 15-day disabled list.

The disabling is retroactive to August 21, meaning Cingrani will be eligible for activation during the first week of September. Greg Reynolds was called up in a corresponding roster move to make a spot start Sunday’s series finale against the Brewers.

Cingrani has been a breakout star for the Reds this season, boasting a 2.76 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and 112/39 K/BB ratio in 97 2/3 innings.

Cincinnati is 2 1/2 games behind Pittsburgh and St. Louis in the National League Central.

Mets invite Tim Tebow to spring training

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Tim Tebow isn’t letting go of his major league dreams just yet. The former NFL quarterback is slated to appear with the Mets during spring training this year, extending what initially looked like an ill-fated career choice for at least one more season. Per the club’s official announcement on Friday, he’ll join a group of spring training invitees that includes top-30 prospects like Peter Alonso, P.J. Conlon, Patrick Mazeika and David Thompson.

Tebow, 30, hasn’t taken to professional baseball as gracefully as expected. He batted a cumulative .226/.309/.347 with eight home runs and a .656 OPS in 486 plate appearances for Single-A Columbia and High-A St. Lucie in 2017. While that wasn’t enough to compel the Mets to give the aging outfielder a big league tryout, there’s no denying that Tebow brought substantial benefit to their minor league affiliates — in the form of increased attendance figures and ticket sales, that is.

Even after the Mets were booted from the NL East race last September, they resisted the idea of promoting Tebow for a late-season attendance boost of their own. That’s not to say they’re planning on taking the same approach in 2018; Tebow will undoubtedly get his cup of coffee in the majors at some point, but for now, a Grapefruit League tryout is likely as close as he’ll ever get to playing with the team’s big league roster on an everyday basis.