On Thursday, the Reds placed Broxton on the 15-day disabled list with a flexor mass strain in his right forearm, an injury that will require surgery. To replace him, the club selected the contract of right-handed reliever Nick Christiani from Triple-A Louisville. Starting pitcher Johnny Cueto was moved to the 60-day DL to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Christiani.Christiani was 6-5 with a 4.05 ERA, 15 walks and 48 strikeouts in 47 games this season for Louisville. But he allowed only three of his 23 inherited runners to score. Over his last 17 appearances, the 26-year-old had a 2.79 ERA. The Reds chose him over right-hander Curtis Partch, who had been up earlier this season.
"We've seen him in Spring Training," Baker said of Christiani. "I heard he's throwing the ball pretty good down there. Partch was the other candidate. He just got back himself from [the DL because of a biceps injury]."
Tony Cingrani UPDATEBy Wednesday afternoon, Cueto played catch on the field and made 40 throws from distances of 60-75 feet.
"I feel good," Cueto said. "I didn't feel bad [before]. I didn't feel nothing. I wanted to throw. They said OK."
Cueto could not contain his smile after returning from the throwing session.
"I'm happy now," Cueto said.
http://cincinnati.reds.mlb.com/news/...k_cin&c_id=cin"We'll start bumping it up tomorrow," Lessard said. "He'll throw tomorrow and see how he feels. Ideally, we'll make sure he stays comfortable and loose and is able to throw. If he doesn't feel anything, he'll be able to make his next start."