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LHP Tony Cingrani is headed to the 15-day disabled list, with the move being made official on Sunday. Cingrani left Tuesday's game in the fourth inning with a lower back strain. Reds manager Dusty Baker said Cingrani had been dealing with some discomfort for a few days but didn't tell anyone. Cingrani has been filling a void in the Reds' rotation since Johnny Cueto was placed on the disabled list for the third time. Cingrani likely will miss two starts then, barring any setbacks, could start the finale of a four-game series against St. Louis on Sept. 5.

LHP Tony Cingrani is headed to the 15-day disabled list, with the move being made official on Sunday. Cingrani left Tuesday's game in the fourth inning with a lower back strain. Reds manager Dusty Baker said Cingrani had been dealing with some discomfort for a few days but didn't tell anyone. Cingrani has been filling a void in the Reds' rotation since Johnny Cueto was placed on the disabled list for the third time. Cingrani likely will miss two starts and then, barring any setbacks, could start the finale of a four-game series against St. Louis on Sept. 5.

RHP Nick Christiani made his major league debut in Friday's game, pitching 1 1/3 scoreless innings with a walk and a strikeout. "That was amazing," he said. "I've never been so amped up in my life. That's the most adrenaline I've ever had. After the first hitter, I settled down. I was able to get the ball over the plate and have some success." Christiani said he was given the lineup card from both managers and the first strikeout ball. "They told me when the season's over I can have the jersey," he said.

RHP Nick Christiani made his major league debut in Friday's game, pitching 1 1/3 scoreless innings with a walk and a strikeout. "That was amazing," he said. "I've never been so amped up in my life. That's the most adrenaline I've ever had. After the first hitter, I settled down. I was able to get the ball over the plate and have some success." Christiani said he was given the lineup card from both managers and the first strikeout ball. "They told me when the season's over, I can have the jersey," he said.

RHP Bronson Arroyo relishes his role as team stopper, although he says he doesn't alter his approach when pitching following a Reds loss. On Friday night, Cincinnati improved to 10-1 when Arroyo starts after a defeat when he allowed two earned runs in seven innings to improve to 13-9 on the season. "It's always been fun for me to pitch on days after we've lost ballgames," said Arroyo, who is 7-1 following a Reds loss. "There's a bit more pressure. It's just coincidence that I've been able to win so many of them. It makes it more satisfying."

RHP Bronson Arroyo relishes his role as team stopper, although he says he doesn't alter his approach when pitching after a Reds loss. On Saturday night, Cincinnati improved to 10-1 when Arroyo starts after a defeat when he allowed two earned runs in seven innings to improve to 13-9 on the season. "It's always been fun for me to pitch on days after we've lost ballgames," said Arroyo, who is 7-1 after a Reds loss. "There's a bit more pressure. It's just coincidence that I've been able to win so many of them. It makes it more satisfying."

RF Jay Bruce, who leads the major leagues in innings played this season, received a much-needed day off on Saturday. "As much a mental day off as anything else," said manager Dusty Baker. "He wanted to play. But he understood." Bruce, who'd started 90 consecutive games, was 3-for-19 on the current homestand with two doubles. "It is hard," said Bruce of the day off. "(Baker) explained it, but he doesn't owe me an explanation. He just said, ‘Take advantage of this one and strap it on for the rest of the year.'"

RF Jay Bruce, who leads the major leagues in innings played this season, received a much-needed day off on Saturday. "As much a mental day off as anything else," manager Dusty Baker said. "He wanted to play. But he understood." Bruce, who'd started 90 consecutive games, was 3-for-19 on the current homestand with two doubles. "It is hard," Bruce said of the day off. "(Baker) explained it, but he doesn't owe me an explanation. He just said, 'Take advantage of this one and strap it on for the rest of the year.?'"

RHP Greg Reynolds was uncertain of his role when he arrived in the Reds clubhouse Saturday afternoon. But it was later determined that he would start Sunday's game in place of LHP Tony Cingrani, who Sunday will be placed on the 15-day disabled list with a lower back strain. Reynolds made his Reds debut on July 23 when he allowed eight hits and five earned runs in five innings in a 5-3 loss at San Francisco. He is 12-3 with a 2.42 ERA in 23 appearances, including 21 starts, at Triple-A.

RHP Greg Reynolds was uncertain of his role when he arrived in the Reds' clubhouse on Saturday afternoon. But it was later determined that he would start Sunday's game in place of LHP Tony Cingrani, who will be placed on the 15-day disabled list with a lower back strain. Reynolds made his Reds debut on July 23 when he allowed eight hits and five earned runs in five innings in a 5-3 loss at San Francisco. He is 12-3 with a 2.42 ERA in 23 appearances, including 21 starts, at Triple-A.

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