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Johnny Cueto officially ruled out for rest of season

Sep 20, 2011, 8:45 PM EDT

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While Johnny Cueto didn’t rule out the possibility of returning last week, he confirmed to Mark Sheldon of MLB.com today that he will indeed miss the rest of the season with a strained right lat muscle.

Cueto was removed from his start last Wednesday against the Cubs due to the injury.

“I’m not throwing. I think I’m done,” Cueto said. “I talked to the doctor and said I wanted to throw. He said, ‘No.’ OK, I won’t. I feel good. No pain, no nothing. I’m great.”

Thanks to a revamped delivery reminiscent of Luis Tiant, the 25-year-old right-hander will finish the season with a 9-5 record to go along with a 2.35 ERA and 104/47 K/BB ratio over 24 starts. However, he only has 156 innings pitched, which means he will not qualify for the ERA title. Dodgers’ southpaw Clayton Kershaw currently ranks first in the NL with a 2.30 ERA over 218 2/3 innings.

  1. barklikeadog - Sep 20, 2011 at 9:26 PM

    Maybe he can go to the bungles home opener Sunday?

  2. saintez - Sep 21, 2011 at 3:36 AM

    Great year by Cueto. Hope he can continue his dominance next year.

  3. metalhead65 - Sep 21, 2011 at 1:23 PM

    who could have guessed another young starting pitcher would wind up on dl under the tutelage of dusty baker? hopefully this does not have the effects as the other pitchers unfortunate enough to have played under baker. but hey next year is the year volquez goes back to being the dominant pitcher he was for the first third of the season when he first cam to the reds right? and Arroyo won’t have to pitch an entire season suffering the effects of mono after not getting any rest like any normal human would get suffering from that. but then again most people do not have an idiot like baker as their boss do they? as a reds fan someone tell me why I should look forward to next season and more of the same under this jocketty/crusty regime?

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