The same shoulder problem that sidelined lefty reliever Tony Cingrani for most of the second half of last season has followed him into 2019.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts confirmed that Cingrani has been shut down and probably will “not even pick up a ball” until after Opening Day to re-start his throwing program.
“The same shoulder issue he had last year came back. So we’re going to shut him down and hopefully calm this shoulder thing down,” Roberts said Thursday.
“It just hasn’t been coming out right so you can see he’s kind of favoring that shoulder. He’s as tough as they come and tried to pitch through it but it wasn’t right. So we felt we needed to take a couple steps back.”
The Dodgers have begun the same process they went through with Cingrani last July.
The medical staff was unable to find a specific structural issue causing the problem last summer. He received a cortisone injection when the shoulder was slow to progress but didn’t pitch after July 22 until making two appearances in September. He faced four hitters and retired only one of them.
Cingrani pitched four innings in Cactus League games this spring, most recently on Sunday. He didn’t allow a run and struck out three but his velocity was diminished.