Reds calling up top prospect Tony Cingrani

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Cincinnati announced that stud pitching prospect Tony Cingrani will be called up from Triple-A to replace the injured Johnny Cueto in the rotation beginning Thursday against the Marlins.

Cingrani made his MLB debut with three relief appearances last September and the 23-year-old left-hander ranked among the top 100 prospects by both Baseball America and MLB.com heading into this season.

He was off to an incredible start at Triple-A, throwing 14.1 shutout innings with a 26/2 K/BB ratio while allowing just three hits, and now Cingrani gets to face another Triple-A-caliber lineup for his first big-league start. Cueto is expected to miss at least 3-4 starts with a strained lat muscle.