by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (5/20/2013) Reds starter Johnny Cueto returned from the disabled list Monday in New York. He wasn't at his sharpest, but he earned the victory.
Cueto gave up a three-run homer to Marlon Byrd in the third inning, but that was all he allowed. He gave up the three runs on three hits and four walks over five frames and 90 pitches to move to 2-0 on the year.
He struck out eight and his ERA is at 3.22. Cueto was making his first start since suffering an oblique injury at Pittsburgh on April 13. His next scheduled start comes Sunday against the Cubs.
Johnny Cueto activated from disabled list
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (5/20/2013) As expected, Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto has been activated from the 15-day disabled list.
Cueto was pegged to start Monday's game, and the move was expected. He'll take on the Mets, who will toss Shaun Marcum. It will be Cueto's first appearance since April 13. He left after just 4 1/3 innings with a lat injury.
Johnny Cueto may alter his mechanics
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (5/20/2013) Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto may alter his mechanics when he returns from the disabled list, according to Cincinnati.com.
Cueto believes his delivery might be the reason for his recent oblique injuries. Cueto, who has a similar motion to Dodgers' great Fernando Valenzuela, said he would stop rotating as much if the injuries continue. Cueto's delivery requires so much rotation that he often completely turns his back to the hitter. He is slated to start against the Mets Monday.
Tony Cingrani gets sent down
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (5/18/2013) As expected, Reds pitcher Tony Cingrani was optioned to Triple-A Louisville Saturday after it became clear he would not remain in the rotation upon Johnny Cueto's return. The team recalled infielder Neftali Soto to take Cingrani's place.
Cingrani went 2-0 with a 3.27 ERA in six starts before being sent down. He struck out 41 batters in 33 innings.
Johnny Cueto slated to return Monday
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (5/15/2013) Reds starting pitcher Johnny Cueto (lat, oblique) will come off the disabled list Monday to start against the Mets, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. Mike Leake was originally scheduled to start Monday, but Cueto's return doesn't mean Leake is out of the rotation.
Cueto made two rehab starts for Class A Dayton, going 1-0 with a 1.13 ERA and .233 opponents' batting average. He also had eight strikeouts and issued no walks in eight innings.
Johnny Cueto works scoreless rehab start
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (5/14/2013) Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto had a sharp outing in his rehab start for Class A Dayton on Tuesday night. He worked five scoreless innings, giving up just three hits while striking out four.
The right-hander also did not walk a batter as he continues to recover from lat and oblique injuries.
by Adam Moore | CBSSports.com (5/10/2013) Reds starter Johnny Cueto (strained lat, oblique) reported no issues following his rehab start with Class A Daytona Thursday night, MLB.com reports. Cueto allowed one run on four hits over three innings and finished with four strikeouts.
"I feel happy. I feel good," Cueto said via his translator.
Cueto is scheduled to make another rehab start for Daytona Tuesday and said he hopes to be activated off the disabled list sometime next week.
"I think I need another outing, and that's what we'll do," the right-hander added. "And after that, God willing, I will be activated."
Johnny Cueto throws three innings in first rehab start
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (5/9/2013) Reds starting pitcher Johnny Cueto threw 50 pitches (36 strikes) in his first rehab start with Class A Dayton, allowing one earned run on four hits in three innings while striking out four.
Cueto should make one more rehab start before being activated from the disabled list. If that's the case and he receives regular rest between each start without suffering any setbacks, he could make his return May 19 against the Phillies.
Johnny Cueto heading out on rehab assignment
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (5/8/2013) Reds starting pitcher Johnny Cueto (strained lat, oblique) will no longer be throwing another bullpen session Thursday. Instead, he will head to Class A Dayton to begin a rehab assignment, per MLB.com.
It was originally announced Wednesday Cueto would throw his second bullpen session this week on Thursday.
"It’s very encouraging, I hope he does well," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "We’re not as worried about his performance as we are him coming out of it (healthy)."
Johnny Cueto ready for another bullpen session
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (5/8/2013) Reds starting pitcher Johnny Cueto (strained lat, oblique) will throw another bullpen session Thursday, according to MLB.com. Cueto felt fine after throwing 25 pitches in his first bullpen session Monday.
"I feel pretty good," Cueto said.
Cueto said he hasn't heard about plans for a rehab assignment.
“He did very well. He looked very good and said he felt very good,” head trainer Paul Lessard said.
Cueto, sidelined since April 13, has a 2.60 ERA in three starts.
“I feel good. I feel better in my oblique,” Cueto said.
Johnny Cueto to throw bullpen Monday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (5/6/2013) Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto will throw a bullpen session Monday.
Cueto was scratched from Friday's rehab start with oblique soreness, and it was unclear when he would throw again. If Cueto's session goes well Monday, he'll likely have to make a few rehab starts before he's ready to return.
Johnny Cueto not throwing due to oblique soreness
by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com (5/5/2013) Reds starter Johnny Cueto , who was scratched from Friday's planned rehab start due to oblique soreness, has not resumed throwing yet, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
The injury is to the same oblique that cut his postseason short last season. The Reds as a team are generally cautious with oblique injuries due to their lingering tendencies. Pitching coach Bryan Price said Cueto is "continuing to get treatment" and the club will know more about his future come Monday.
Rehab stint delayed for Johnny Cueto
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (5/3/2013) Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto (lat) was scratched from his scheduled rehab start with Double-A Pensacola on Friday after he experienced soreness in his oblique area, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Cueto has been out since April 15 because of the issue, and the team did not provide a timetable for when he will return to the mound.
"He had a good bullpen [Monday] and he didn't experience anything in his arm but he experienced soreness in that oblique that he hurt last year in the playoffs," manager Dusty Baker said. "So, we'll wait and see."
Johnny Cueto to begin rehab assignment Friday
by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com (5/1/2013) Reds starter Johnny Cueto is set to open a rehab assignment with Double-A Pensacola Friday, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Cueto suffered a lat injury April 13. He's expected to need multiple minor-league appearances before he can return, and as such he's likely still a couple of weeks away.
Johnny Cueto pleased with bullpen work
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (4/29/2013) Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto (triceps) completed a 45-pitch bullpen session without any issues Monday and said he believes he is ready to begin a minor-league rehab assignment, MLB.com reports. Cueto said he would discuss the next step in his rehab with pitching coach Bryan Price following Monday's workout, which was the second time he has thrown off a mound since landing on the disabled list April 15 with a strained lat muscle.
"It was pretty good, no pain," said Cueto, who has registered a 1-0 record and 2.60 ERA in his first three starts this season. "I threw my breaking ball, everything."
No change on Johnny Cueto's status
by Adam Moore | CBSSports.com (4/26/2013) Manager Dusty Baker said there were no new updates on Reds starting pitcher Johnny Cueto's status, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. Cueto, on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right lat, was able to play catch Monday, but has yet to throw off a mound.
“He’s still a ways off, because he has to get on the mound, he has to get sharp, he has to get his endurance up - but he’s working hard,” Baker said. “He’s probably in better shape now than when he went on the DL, and he was in pretty good shape then. If you’re on the DL and you’re working properly, you should be tired of it.”
Cueto was 1-0 with a 2.60 ERA to go along with 18 strikeouts and six walks over his first three starts.
Jonny Cueto plays catch for the first time
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (4/22/2013) Reds pitcher Jonny Cueto played catch for the first time since his injury Monday, according to the Cincinnatti Enquirer.
Cueto was placed on the disabled list with a strained right lat, and was expected to miss between 3-4 starts. This is the first step toward getting Cueto back in the team's rotation. Tony Cingrani is expected to fill-in for Cueto until he's ready to return.
No timetable for Johnny Cueto
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (4/18/2013) Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto, who was placed on the disabled list with a lat strain earlier this week, has no set timetable to resume throwing, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.
"We want to make sure he’s pain free, has a good range of motion and base of strength," trainer Paul Lessard told the Enquirer. "He’s feeling good. It could be a couple of days. It could be a couple more."
Prospect Tony Cingrani was recalled to start in Cueto's rotation spot Thursday against the Marlins.
Johnny Cueto's absence could linger
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (4/15/2013) Reds manager Dusty Baker said Monday that pitcher Johnny Cueto could miss at least three starts and possibly four due to a strained right lat, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Cueto was placed on the disabled list with the back injury earlier Monday and is expected to be replaced in the starting rotation by top pitching prospect Tony Cingrani.
"I don't think this is going to affect me at all," Cueto said Monday through an interpreter. "I think, God willing, I'll be better in five-six days and I'll be able to start throwing."
Johnny Cueto officially moved to DL
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (4/15/2013) As anticipated, the Reds placed starting pitcher Johnny Cueto on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right lat, the team announced Monday. Cueto left last Saturday's game against Pittsburgh with the injury and there is no immediate timetable for his return.
Cincinnati promoted relief pitcher Justin Freeman from Triple-A Louisville to take his place on the roster, but has not announced who will start against the Marlins. Top pitching prospect Tony Cingrani is considered the leading candidate to assume Cueto's spot in the rotation beginning Thursday against Miami.
Johnny Cueto likely to be placed on DL
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (4/14/2013) Reds starter Johnny Cueto will land on the 15-day disabled list with a lat strain, FOXSports.com reports.
Cueto left Saturday's start against the Pirates after feeling something "sharp" in his right triceps during the game. He was 1-0 with a 2.60 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP through his first three starts before getting hurt.
Johnny Cueto to travel back to Cincy
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (4/13/2013) Reds starter Johnny Cueto said he felt something "sharp" in his right arm while throwing a changeup Saturday night against the Pirates and will travel back to Cincinnati to have his right triceps examined by team doctors, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
"Yeah (I'm worried)," he said. "I was feeling good. I wanted to stay in the game."
His next start is scheduled for Thursday against the Marlins.
Tony Cingrani could be an option to make that start if Cueto is unable.
Johnny Cueto to be re-evaluated Sunday
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (4/13/2013) The Reds announced that Johnny Cueto was removed from Saturday's start against the Pirates for precautionary reasons after he felt pain in his right triceps. The right-hander will be re-evaluated on Sunday.
Johnny Cueto leaves with arm injury
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (4/13/2013) Reds starter Johnny Cueto left Saturday's outing against the Pirates in the fifth inning with an apparent injury to his right triceps. He was visited by trainers and manager Dusty Baker after throwing a pitch to Travis Snider and could be seen pointing to the back of his right arm.
The right-hander threw one warm-up pitch before walking off the field. He was replaced on the mound by Alfredo Simon.
Cueto allowed one run on two hits over 4 1/3 innings before the early exit. He also struck out three and walked one while throwing 52 pitches, 35 for strikes.
His next start -- if healthy -- is scheduled for Thursday against the Marlins.
by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com (4/7/2013)Johnny Cueto earned a win and a quality start for the Reds in a 6-3 victory Sunday over Washington.
The ace allowed three runs on seven hits and three walks over six innings. He struck out six and all his runs came on a three-run Kurt Suzuki homer.
Johnny Cueto Ks nine on opening day
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (4/1/2013) Reds starter Johnny Cueto received the nod opening day against the Angels on Monday and looked to be in mid-season form. He allowed just one run on three hits over seven innings of work. The right-hander surrendered a solo homer to Chris Iannetta in the third for his lone damage.
Cueto was done after throwing 105 pitches, 70 for strikes, and left with the score tied at 1-1 as his counterpart -- Jered Weaver -- was equally as solid.
Cueto also struck out nine and walked two in the no-decision.
Johnny Cueto bounces back in tune-up
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (3/27/2013) After being knocked around his last time out, Reds starter Johnny Cueto bounced back with a brilliant performance in his regular season tune-up Tuesday night against the Cubs. Cueto, who made his sixth start of the spring, fired six scoreless innings and gave up just four hits. He also struck out five and walked one.
Cueto finished spring training with a 5.16 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP.
He'll take the mound opening day against the Angels. The right-hander has yet to face the Angels in his career but is 3-0 with a 1.17 ERA and a 0.87 WHIP in interleague play.
No surprise: Johnny Cueto still opening-day starter
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (3/22/2013)Johnny Cueto's poor showing so far in Cactus League action has not impacted the Reds' outlook. He was named the team's opening-day starter Friday by manager Dusty Baker, the second straight year he has earned that distinction.
Cueto has a 7.02 ERA in 16 2/3 innings in the spring, but is coming off consecutive seasons of sub-3.00 ERAs. He went 19-9 last season with a 2.78 ERA, earning him a fourth-place finish in Cy Young voting.
Johnny Cueto hit hard again
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (3/21/2013) Reds starter Johnny Cueto was knocked around and did not make it past the second inning of Thursday's Cactus League contest against the Athletics. Cueto, who made his fifth start of the spring, pitched a perfect first inning before running into trouble in the second. He allowed five runs, including a two-run home run to Derek Norris, before he was pulled for Nick Christiani in the second. He lasted just 1 2/3 innings as he gave up five hits, walked two and struck out one. Cueto has allowed 15 runs -- 13 earned -- in 16 2/3 innings of work this spring.
Jumping off Johnny Cueto bandwagon
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (3/17/2013) I've been on the Johnny Cueto bandwagon since its inception. I believed in him as a breakout Fantasy star well before the campaign started to gain momentum. Sadly, I think it's time for me to abandon ship.
I've been in multiple drafts already this spring and I haven't drafted the 27-year-old right-hander once. Kind of strange since I've never avoided him like the plague before. I'm just in the camp of expecting a regression after he won a career-high 19 games in 2012. I don't think it will be as severe, but I kind of view Cueto as this year's Ian Kennedy, who had a regression last season following his breakout 2011 season.
You ask, why? Well, a couple of factors alarm me. First, Cueto struggled at the end of last season before bowing out of the playoffs with an oblique strain. He posted a 4.33 ERA in his final six starts and allowed six homers in that span. He allowed all of nine homers in his first 27 starts. He hasn't been much better this spring, yielding a 4.80 ERA in four spring starts.
Also, Cueto had a career-high 78.8 percent strand rate in 2012, which was above his career 75.5 percent career rate, according to FanGraphs.com. He also posted a career-high 21.7 percent line drive rate (career average is 19.4 percent) and a career-low 29.4 percent fly-ball rate (career average is 35.8 percent).
Cueto has been drafted ahead of the likes of Max Scherzer, Mat Latos, Jordan Zimmermann, Jeff Samardzija, Jon lester, Brandon Morrow, Matt Moore and Doug Fister in Head-to-Head formats this spring. I hate to say it, but I'd probably take all those players over Cueto on Draft Day.
Johnny Cueto working on his breaking picth
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (3/16/2013) Reds starter Johnny Cueto became the first pitcher on his team to reach six innings in Friday's Cactus League contest against the Rockies.
Cueto, who made his fourth start of the spring, allowed a run to score on a ground ball out in the first and gave up a two-run home run to Todd Helton in the fourth inning.
He allowed three runs on five hits in six innings in a 5-1 defeat. He also struck out five and did not issue a walk as he improved his ERA to 4.80 this spring.
"I feel good. I felt strong," Cueto said. "I worked on my breaking pitch [in the sixth]."
Cueto extending workload
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (3/10/2013) Cincinnati starting pitcher Johnny Cueto allowed two runs and three hits over four innings during the Reds' Cactus League matchup against the White Sox on Sunday. Cueto was uncharacteristically wild during his third start of the spring and walked three batters while registering a pair of strikeouts. Last season, the right-hander finished with more walks than strikeouts on only three occasions among his career-high 33 starts.
Cueto lowers spring ERA
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (3/4/2013) Reds starting pitcher Johnny Cueto worked three innings during Monday's Cactus League game against the Diamondbacks. He allowed a single and a walk early in his outing as he appeared to labor, but regrouped and finished strong. He struck out the side in the second inning and retired the side in order in his third. "I feel pretty good," Cueto said with instructor Mario Soto interpreting. "I settled myself and said that's enough, I have to concentrate and pitch my own game." Cueto gave up one run on one hit and a walk over three innings with four strikeouts. His ERA on the spring is now at 5.40.
Cueto 'happy' with spring debut
(2/27/2013) Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto made his Cactus League debut on Wednesday against the Diamondbacks and felt no pain in the oblique that caused him to leave Game 1 of the National League Division Series last season. He allowed four runs (two earned) on five hits over two innings of work. The right-hander also struck out one and walked one while throwing 40 pitches. I was really happy, Cueto told the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Cueto striving to get even better
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (2/18/2013) Rather than rest on the accomplishments of his finest professional season, Reds starting pitcher Johnny Cueto said he is looking to improve this year. Completely over the oblique injury that plagued him at the end of last season, Cueto will have a tough act to follow. He went 19-9 with a 2.78 ERA and pitched two complete games in 33 starts while fanning a team-high 170 batters. He became the first Reds pitcher to claim at least 19 wins with an ERA under 3.00 since 1988. "I feel great," he told the Cincinnati Enquirer. "My arm is good. But I can get better. I'm trying my hardest."
Cueto in 'great shape'
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (2/3/2013) The Cincinnati Enquirer reports Reds starting pitcher Johnny Cueto hasn't experienced any setbacks since leaving Game 1 of the NLDS with a mild right oblique strain. Cuetos in great shape, general manager Walt Jocketty said in late January. We just saw him in the Dominican. We had a group of people there, and they said hes in great physical shape. He feels good, the side is good, hes throwing. He should be 100 percent.