After missing most of last season and all of this season, left-handed reliever Tony Cingrani is inching closer to a return to the Dodgers.
He was shut down during Spring Training and then placed on the injured list after experiencing shoulder soreness, the same problem that kept him out in 2018.
Cingrani started his rehab assignment on Saturday, May 4, with the single-A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes. He threw one inning for them and struck out one before moving his rehab to the triple-A Oklahoma City Dodgers.
For OKC, Cingrani has thrown four innings, allowing one run on four hits and striking out four. His main problem has been his control as he has walked three batters. It’s a small sample but there is still some rust to shake off.
Tony Cingrani remains on rehab assignment.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) May 14, 2019
After he was acquired from the Cincinnati Reds in 2017, Cingrani became one of the Dodgers better relievers down the stretch. In 19 1/3 innings, he posted a 2.79 ERA and struck out 28. The following year, he was unable to find the same success in an injury-shortened 22 2/3 inning season. He posted a 4.76 ERA but he still had quality stuff as he had a 2.32 FIP and struck out 36 batters.
With his elite strikeout numbers, Cingrani could reclaim his spot as the go-to lefty and become one of their best late-inning arms, they just need him to stay on the field.