Unfortunately, Greg Reynolds Will Start For Cincinnati Reds Sunday

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Today, Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker said that Greg Reynolds will start tomorrow against the Milwaukee Brewers rather than Tony Cingrani.

Cingrani last pitched on Tuesday against the Arizona Diamondbacks but had to leave the game early because he was experiencing pain in his lower back. He threw a bullpen session yesterday, but it was cut short due to his sore back.

Greg Reynolds, the former No. 2 overall pick in the 2006 draft, is having a great season for the Triple-A Louisville Bats. This season he has a record of 12-3 and has an impressive 2.42 earned run average. He has pitched in one game this season for the Cincinnati Reds, and that was on July 23 against the San Francisco Giants where he went only five innings and gave up five runs on eight hits.

When you look at Reynolds’ career stats, it’s hard to believe that he was the No. 2 overall pick of the 2006 draft. He has only pitched in 28 games, 14 in 2008 then 13 in 2011 with the Colorado Rockies. The other came this year with the Reds.

No disrespect to Greg Reynolds, but the Reds and their fans are hoping that Tony Cingrani does not have to go on the disabled list. He has been one of the best pitchers in the National League this season, and it’s rare for him not to put up a quality start or at least keep his team in the ball game.

The worst case scenario for the Reds is that they will have to put Cingrani on the 15-day disabled list. His 15-day period would date back to August 21, so he would only end up missing two starts, and Reynolds would fill in for him while he recovers.

Coop Ledford is a Cincinnati Reds writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @CoopLed.

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