Reds optioned LHP Tony Cingrani to Triple-A Louisville.
The Reds needed to clear a rotation spot with Johnny Cueto returning from the disabled list Monday, so Cingrani was officially sent down. He was mostly excellent over his first six major league starts, posting a 3.27 ERA, nine walks and 41 strikeouts in 33 innings. Neftali Soto has been called up to replace Cingrani on the active roster, and Mike Leake will remain Cincinnati's fifth starter.
Tony Cingrani yielded three runs in five innings Friday in a no-decision against the Phillies.
Following his recent bout of shoulder soreness, Cingrani needed 100 pitches to complete the five frames. After posting a 1.50 ERA over his first three starts in the majors, the southpaw has allowed nine runs in 15 innings over his last three starts and has served up five homers in the process. We still like Cingrani for the long-term, but he could be headed back to the minors next week when Johnny Cueto (lat) returns from the disabled list.
Joey Votto went 2-for-4 with a solo homer in Friday's loss to the Phillies.
It was his fifth home run of the season and his first since April 25. Of course, it's tough to complain, as the 29-year-old is hitting .329/.457/.494 through 42 games. He has five multi-hit games in his last seven.
Jonathan Broxton has lowered his ERA from 6.35 to 4.41 in May.
He hasn't allowed an earned run in five appearances this month. The former lights-out Dodgers closer has lost all of his mixed league appeal pitching in front of Aroldis Chapman, but he's still plenty useful in NL-only formats and leagues that count holds.
Jay Bruce had an RBI single in the fourth and a two-run double in the 10th to lead the Reds to a 5-3 win over the Marlins on Thursday.
All of those angry tweets obviously got Bruce going. He is hitting .308 with two homers and 13 RBI in 12 games this month after coming in at .252 with one homer and 11 RBI during a rough month of April.
Mat Latos pitched 8 1/3 innings of two-run ball in a no-decision against the Marlins on Thursday.
Starting the ninth with a 2-1 lead, Latos gave up a one-out triple to Adeiny Hechavarria and was pulled in favor of Aroldis Chapman. Chapman went on to give up a triple of his own to take his first blown save, but he preserved the tie from there and got the win in relief. It was Latos' fifth no-decision in nine starts this season. The other four were all wins, and he still hasn't taken a loss since last Aug. 24.
The Reds have determined that Chris Heisey's hamstring aggravation was not severe.
"It wasn't horrendous," assistant general manager Bob Miller said. "He tweaked it." Heisey won't return until the next homestand, which runs from May 24-28, at the earliest. It's certainly possible his absence could stretch into June.