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Johnny Cueto cleared to begin throwing

Dec 7, 2012, 9:43 PM EDT

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The last time we saw Johnny Cueto in action, he was walking off the mound in the first inning of Game 1 of the NLDS against the Giants due to an oblique injury. It’s fair to wonder how the postseason would have played out had he been healthy, but the good news for Reds fans is that the injury is now behind him.

According to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer, Cueto was cleared to begin throwing after being examined today by Reds medical director Dr. Tim Kremchek. He should have a normal offseason and believes he’ll “probably” pitch for his native Native Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic.

Cueto posted a 2.78 ERA and 170/49 K/BB ratio over 217 innings this past season. The 26-year-old right-hander finished fourth in the balloting for the National League Cy Young award.

  1. okwhitefalcon - Dec 7, 2012 at 10:00 PM

    Headline edit:

    “Johnny Cueto cleared to begin kicking”

    That’ll never get old.

    Never.

    • Old Gator - Dec 7, 2012 at 10:06 PM

      No it won’t. But watching that Neanderthal thug take the field got old the next day, and has only gotten older.

      • mlb4life - Dec 8, 2012 at 4:04 PM

        ^ ill Cardinals fans that forget who started the brawl, and insist on blaming the good guys yet again. That’s what really gets old.

      • Old Gator - Dec 8, 2012 at 4:31 PM

        Regardless of how it started, many guys on both teams participated in the brawl. Only one of them behaved like a berserk ape with rage virus infecting its midbrain. And you sure didn’t have to be a Cardinals fan – I’m definitely nor one – to find Cueto’s behavior subhuman.

  2. watchfullhose - Dec 7, 2012 at 10:14 PM

    Don’t feed the trolls

    • Marty - Dec 7, 2012 at 10:55 PM

      Cueto is cleared to begin twisting.

      • Marty - Dec 7, 2012 at 10:55 PM

        Do the twist.

  3. johnnyb1976 - Dec 8, 2012 at 6:21 AM

    What about the feeeeeeeeeeeeeessssssshhhhh gator? Oh yeah…. That’s right…. They stink and forever will, keep on hating Cueto and he will just keep winning.

    • Old Gator - Dec 8, 2012 at 1:07 PM

      Oh, I’d be the last to deny what a train wreck the Feesh are, but among the very few positive attributes to which Scrooge McLoria can lay claim is that he never kicked a helpless man’s brains in while the guy was lying at his feet like that sorry excuse for a human being leaning on the railing in the photo above. You seem to find this trait of Cueto’s rather admirable – which says something pretty sorry about you.

      Beyond which, watching Cueto crap out of serious Cy Young contention during the final month of last season was one of the few episodes a Feesh fan could look back on with any kind of satisfaction.

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