Reds activate Cingrani, option Bonilla

Speedster Hamilton putting work in to improve bunting

June 6th, 2017

CINCINNATI -- The Reds have a second left-hander back in their bullpen with the activation of reliever Tony Cingrani from the 10-day disabled list on Tuesday. To make room for Cingrani on the roster, right-handed long reliever was optioned to Triple-A Louisville.

Cingrani has been on the DL with a right oblique strain since April 21 and pitched in three rehab assignment games for Louisville or Class A Dayton with no runs, no hits and three walks allowed and one strikeout.

Since he's been out, the lefty late-inning high leverage role has been assumed by mostly successfully. Where does that leave Cingrani?

"He comes in and he pitches and we establish he's back to being sharp, that's the responsible thing to do," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "This wasn't a 10-day or two-week injury rehab. This was several, several weeks. To be fair to Tony and to our ballclub, we'll get him in. That's not to say we're going to give him a soft landing, he's too experienced for that. I'm not going to immediately put him in and say you have to get the biggest outs in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings. I try to get him in there in less stressful situations."

Bonilla earned a win with a perfect seventh inning of relief Monday during the Reds' 4-2 victory over the Cardinals. He was 1-3 with a 7.43 ERA in six games, including four starts.

Hamilton's bunting threat

During the win on Monday, Reds center fielder and speedster set up the winning four-run rally in the seventh with a leadoff bunt single. Hamilton bounced the pitch from in front of the plate and easily reached first when the pitcher couldn't field the ball.

"It wasn't as perfect as I wanted it," Hamilton said on Tuesday. "You want to get a ball down the third-base or first-base line. I kind of bunted it right back to the pitcher. If I didn't get a high bounce, it's more likely an out."

It was Hamilton's fourth bunt single this season and his second in the past couple of weeks. He likes having the extra weapon at his disposal when at the plate.

"For me to really focus on it and want to do it, it helps me out a lot," Hamilton said. "In the past, I've really focused on trying to hit baseballs first and come back to bunting a bit more. But the last couple of weeks, I've been seeing I can get a few bunt hits, and it can take the pressure off of me hitting somewhat."