Here are a few notes following the Mud Hens' 2-1 loss to Louisville at Fifth Third Field Sunday ...
- Cincinnati fans, the answer to your questions about Tony Cingrani is ... unanswered. Louisville manager Jim Riggleman said starter Tony Cingrani was on a strict two-inning limit in Sunday's game against the Mud Hens. There is a possibility that Cingrani will replace Johnny Cueto in the Cincinnati rotation after Cueto was injured against Pittsburgh Saturday. Cueto's spot in the rotation comes Thursday.
"We had our instructions to limit Tony today," Rigglemen said after the game. "Tony will stay with us [in Columbus] and we will see what happens with Cueto If the prognosis on Cueto is not good, then maybe Tony will go. That's why we have to have [Cingrani] ready to pitch."
In his two innings of work, Cingrani did not allow a hit and struck out five. In 14 1/3 scoreless Triple-A innings this season, the 23-year-old lefty has allowed just three hits and two walks while fanning 26.
- Mud Hens OF Quintin Berry seemed to hobble after his at-bat in the sixth inning. After the game Berry had ice on his left knee, and he said he took a "false step" out of the batter's box on the groundout. He didn't seem to be 100 percent after the game, but Berry also said he doesn't expect the knee twinge to keep him out of the lineup.
- The Mud Hens added LHP Ramon Garcia to the roster. Garcia fills the spot that was opened when RHP Luis Marte went on the disabled list April 10. So if the Mud Hens need to activate RHP Jose Valverde, they now will have to make a roster move. Adding Valverde isn't something that is imminent ... Valverde is expected to pitch in an extended spring training game Monday, and his next step will be evaluated after that performance.
- Kudos to the Mud Hens organization for a little perk they gave both teams Friday. After both teams played through a cold, rainy and miserable Opening Day, the Mud Hens bought a special post-game spread for both teams. The Toledo players dined on food from The Beirut, while the Louisville players ate food from Outback Steakhouse.
- I wanted to share a great line by Mud Hens manager Phil Nevin from before the game. When he was asked about the unpredictability of the game of baseball, he said, "When you think the game starts making sense, you probably shouldn't be in it any more." Classic.