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Dodgers: An Update on Reliever Tony Cingrani

The lefty reliever has been on a rehab assignment since early May

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: Pitcher Tony Cingrani #54 of the Los Angeles Dodgers during the ninth inning of the MLB game against the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium on September 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. The Dodgers defeated the Rockies 8-2. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

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.

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.

Written by Blake Williams

I graduated with an Associate's Degree in Journalism from Los Angeles Pierce College and now I'm working towards my Bachelor's at Cal State University, Northridge. I'm currently the managing editor for the Roundup News and a writer for Dodgers Nation. Around the age of 12, I fell in love with baseball and in high school, I realized my best path to working in baseball was as a writer, so that's the path I followed. I also like to bring an analytics viewpoint to my work and I'm always willing to help someone understand them since so many people have done the same for me. Thanks for reading!

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  1. Can any Dodger fan tell me how the Dodgers chose who to keep between the two Tonys(thought they were both FA), Cingrani and Watson(now with Giants)? Looking back Cingrani was the wrong Tony.

  2. Listen, Friedman has got to stop going cheap on reliever is because they cost us one World Series accurate cost us in the playoffs. Jansen is not the answer and open the damn pocketbook Dodgers

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