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Jumbo Diaz up, Tony Cingrani down, Sean Marshall to have surgery


Bullpen help on the way
Jumbo Diaz gets the call from Louisville

Today the Reds selected from Class AAA Louisville the contract of RHP Jumbo Diaz (#70). Optioned to Louisville LHP Tony Cingrani...returned from a rehabilitation assignment, reinstated from the 60-day disabled list and optioned to Louisville RHP Brett Marshall...transferred to the 60-day disabled list RHP Trevor Bell and LHP Sean Marshall. On Tuesday, Sean Marshall is scheduled to have surgery to debride his left shoulder.

RHP Jumbo Diaz (#70) when he pitches will make his Major League debut after 340 minor league apps covering 12 seasons.
As one of the final cuts of spring training was sent to Class AAA Louisville the day before Opening Day. In 30 apps for the Bats went 2-2, 1.35 and converted 18-19 save opps (33.1ip, 25h, 10bb, 31k, 1hr, .208oba). He didn't allow a run in any of his last 8 apps (9ip). Last pitched Wednsday and stranded a pair of inherited baserunners to save the 12-8 Bats win vs Durham (0.2ip, 1k, 7 pitches).



(Courtesy: Louisville Bats)

Jumbo Diaz: 1.35, 18 saves in 30 games. He has not allowed a run in his last eight appearances. Carer stats HERE

Diaz, Dennick lynchpins in Bats bullpen 
Called Jumbo due to his hefty frame, Diaz has feasted on the ninth inning all season long, missing out on just one save opportunity, thanks to an imposing 1.35 ERA and a 3-to-1 K/BB ratio. Diaz had a trio of saves during a recent Bats' five-game winning streak, twice slamming the door to give Louisville one run victories.




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