After a standout rookie season Reds left-hander Tony Cingrani has been on the disabled list for most of this season and now Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports that he’s unlikely to pitch in September.
Cingrani has been on the Triple-A disabled list since late June with a strained shoulder and recently had to halt the start of a throwing program due to continued discomfort.
Cingrani has relief experience and using him out of the bullpen would require less time to build back arm strength, but at this point the Reds have much bigger worries with the 25-year-old southpaw than his status for the final month of 2014.
He has a 3.49 ERA and 190 strikeouts in 173 career innings, but walked 35 batters in 63 frames this year before the shoulder problems shut him down.
The Nationals recalled 19-year-old outfield prospect Juan Soto from Double-A Harrisburg on Sunday, per a team announcement. Soto is poised to become the youngest player in the league once he makes his official debut with the club, and the Nationals’ first teenager to enter the majors since Bryce Harper made his first appearance back in 2012.
Entering the 2018 season, Soto was ranked no. 2 in the Nationals’ system and 15th overall. He’s certainly lived up to the hype during his first two years of pro ball, blazing through Single-A, High-A and Double-A levels in 2018 alone. While he logged just eight games at the Double-A level prior to his promotion to the majors, he proved consistent across all three levels this spring and slashed a cumulative .362/.462/.757 with 14 home runs and a 1.218 OPS in 182 plate appearances.
It’s not entirely clear how soon or in what capacity the Nationals will utilize their youngest player, but Soto’s tear through the minors is sure to pave the road for a few opportunities on the big-league level. He’ll be available off the bench for Sunday’s series finale against the Dodgers.