Because how can you not love a baseball player named "Bubba"?
The Reds announced today that Tony Cingrani will be moved to the bullpen. He does not seem happy about this. I think he really wanted to be a starter.
But his heavy reliance on his fastball has raised red flags for many. Not to mention his recurring shoulder issues. I think there's some concern that if he pitches multiple innings, fatigue will increase his risk of injury.
Meanwhile, former Red Paul Janish has healed much faster than anticipated. He played in a minor league game last weekend, and DH'd in the "B" game yesterday.
He's DHing because the Orioles didn't want him to throw across the diamond yet. There was some talk of using him at 1B, where he wouldn't have to throw as far. Though he's now throwing 120 feet, so if he's not ready now, he's close.
Sure doesn't feel like spring yet here in the northeast, but spring training is underway in Arizona and Florida.
Paul Janish hasn't played in a game yet. I thought at first he was just buried on the depth chart, with Rey Navarro, Everth Cabrera, etc. signed after he was. But no, he's injured. He had surgery to remove bone chips from his elbow last month. He's hitting off tee and just started fielding grounders. He can't throw yet. He's hoping to get into an actual game March 20 or 21, but admits that's optimistic.
Haven't seen Tony Cingrani yet, either. Not sure if he's injured or just hasn't gotten into a game yet. He's supposedly being considered as a starter, but might end up in the pen.
He did give up a home run to Billy Hamilton in batting practice, so he is pitching.
Update: Cingrani is starting tomorrow (Friday). I guess he really is in the mix for a spot in the starting rotation.