Reds call up 315-pound pitcher from the minors

Reds call up 315-pound pitcher from the minors

Jumbo Diaz is 2-2 with a 1.35 ERA and 18 saves in 30 games in the minors.

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by John Fay

WHAS11.com

Posted on June 20, 2014 at 7:29 PM

The Cincinnati Reds called up right-hander Jose "Jumbo" Diaz from Triple-A Louisville to take the place of left-hander Tony Cingrani on the roster.

 
To make room for Diaz on the 40-man roster, left-hander Sean Marshall (shoulder) was place on the 60-day disabled list. Marshall is scheduled to have surgery on his left shoulder.
 
Diaz, 30, has never pitched in the majors. This is his 13th season in professional baseball. Last year was his best. He went 3-4 with a 1.66 ERA and 13 saves in 44 games for Triple-A Louisville.
 
He was putting up even better numbers this year. He is 2-2 with a 1.35 ERA and 18 saves in 30 games. He's struck out 31 and walked 10 in 33 1/3 innings.
 
Diaz made a splash during spring training at Goodyear with a 98 mph fastball and his new physique. Diaz said when he started his diet -- two weeks after returning home to the Dominican Republic after last season -- he weighed 347 pounds. He reported to camp at 278 pounds.
 
Cingrani, 2-8 with a 4.55 ERA, has made two starts since being taken out of the rotation. He took the loss Thursday in Pittsburgh, walking in the winning run in the 12th.

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