When we last heard from Dodgers’ reliever Tony Cingrani, he was shut down with left shoulder issues. This injury took place in mid-March when our minds were still on spring training and the team was reporting to a different venue.
Now, some more positive updates are coming out about the southpaw bullpen member. Bill Shaikin and Ken Gurnick brought us the good news on twitter on Friday afternoon.
LHP Tony Cingrani expected to start a minor league rehab assignment within the next week, Roberts said.
— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) April 26, 2019
Tony Cingrani threw today, best he’s felt. Minor League rehab could start next week.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) April 26, 2019
Reportedly, Cingrani felt great and a possibility of a rehab assignment as early as next week exists. Given there are no setbacks – Cingrani should be working his way back soon. Equally important, Los Angeles has no need to rush him back into any defined big league role. Therefore, Cingrani can carefully work his way back from a barking shoulder that was bothering him all the way back in 2018.
At the current time, the Dodgers employ three left-handed relievers in the bullpen. Julio Urias, Scott Alexander, and Caleb Ferguson are the regular stable hands brought in to get lefties (and some righties) out.
Of that group, Cingrani boasts the most big league experience in terms of innings pitched. Cingrani had a 4.76 ERA in 22.2 innings last season, following up a 2.79 ERA in 2017 after he was traded from Cincinnati. It’s entirely possible the drop off in performance was due to battling physical issues.
While Cingrani will need to perform to carve out a role in the Dodger bullpen, he has the stuff to do it when healthy. Furthermore, these things sort themselves out. A team can never have too many solid left-handed relievers. Inevitably, someone will hit the injured list or fail to get people out consistently. Because of this, it’s fair to expect we see Cingrani again this season at Dodger Stadium.
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