Sunday, September 15, 2013

Johnny Cueto to get starting nod on Monday

USA Today Sports

The Reds are about to add some ammunition for their postseason push.

In what is being touted as the best news the Reds have received in quite awhile, the oft-injured Johnny Cueto is set to come off the disabled list and make the start for his team on Monday in Houston. The right-hander has been sidelined since June 29 with a strained lat muscle, which has sent him to the DL on three separate occasions this season.

The 27-year-old Cueto will replace Tony Cingrani's spot in the rotation. The rookie southpaw exited last Tuesday's start with back spams, but Thursday's off-day allowed the team to rearrange the rotation and push his spot back to Monday, which Cueto will now fill.

"It’s kind of like a spring training game, getting ready, he appears relatively ready in what appears like spring training for him now,” Baker said. “We’ll see what we can get out of him. It’s worth a try, because he’s Johnny Cueto. The more we get out of him (Monday) and the more we get out of him the next time, maybe who knows what he’ll be ready for come playoff time.”

Cueto is 4-2 with a 3.33 ERA in 48 2/3 innings in 2013.

Cueto recently said he was willing to pitch out of the bullpen if that's where the team needed him the most. However, with Cingrani nursing a sore back, Cueto is being thrusted into a starting role.

The shuffling of the rotation also sets up nicely for Cincinnati's upcoming weekend series against the Pirates. The Reds will throw Mat Latos, Homer Bailey, and Bronson Arroyo consecutively against the Buccos while Mike Leake will pitch Tuesday's game in Houston and Greg Reynolds will start Wednesday's. The Reds have an off day sandwiched in between the two series on Thursday.

No comments: