The Cincinnati Reds will have a tough decision to make once their ace, Johnny Cueto, returns from the disabled list. Cueto will obviously have to replace somebody in the starting rotation, but the problem is everyone is pitching well right now.
Bronson Arroyo, Homer Bailey and Mat Latos will definitely stay in the rotation, as they are the three most experienced pitchers and there is no way they’ll be moved to the bullpen. Tony Cingrani and Mike Leake are the other two starters, and one of them will likely be moved to the bullpen.
Tony Cingrani has pitched out of the bullpen this season, so it would be nothing new to him. He can have success as a reliever as he showed that earlier this season. Mike Leake also has pitched out of the bullpen before but not this season. One would assume Tony Cingrani, despite his success as a starter, would be moved to the bullpen.
Once moved to the bullpen, the Reds will still have to figure out who to send to the minor leagues. The Reds bullpen is fantastic right now — one of the best in the National League — so it will be difficult to pick who should be sent down. Of course the Reds don’t have to send a reliever down; they could send a position player down, but sending a reliever would make a lot more sense and create less of a headache when it comes to roster changes.
There is no way Aroldis Chapman, Sam Lecure or Manny Parra will be sent down, as they are all dominating right now. However, every other reliever’s job is in jeopardy.
Logan Ondrusek will probably be the one sent down. Ondrusek has not pitched well as-of-late, as he has surrendered two runs in his last three innings pitched. On the season, his stats are just mediocre; his earned-run-average stands at 4.26, the highest of any Reds’ reliever.
The Reds will certainly love having Tony Cingrani’s talents available late in games. Once Cueto returns, the Reds’ bullpen will upgrade.
Coop Ledford is a Cincinnati Reds writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @CoopLed