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Johnny Cueto to make first rehab start Friday

May 1, 2013, 1:48 PM EDT

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Johnny Cueto has been cleared to begin a minor-league rehab assignment and will start Friday at Double-A, according to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Cueto has been out since April 13 with a strained lat muscle, but reported no problems following a 45-pitch bullpen session yesterday and is slated to throw 60-70 pitches Friday.

There’s no official timetable yet for his return from the disabled list, but the Reds have indicated that they won’t rush Cueto back and at least 2-3 starts seems likely.

  1. Old Gator - May 1, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    Ugh. The game enjoyed a couple of weeks of unblemished dignity without him befouling a mound somewhere. Ah well.

  2. bengalsucker - May 1, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    Yeah and Yadier Molina is exactly the classy player I wanna see playing daily. I wouldn’t feel bad to see him get trucked at home plate and put out for a long while. Nothing like a baseball player who wants to be a thug…neck tattoo and all.

    • Old Gator - May 1, 2013 at 4:07 PM

      I think it’s hilarious how Cueto’s asskissers all seem to think that only Cardinals fans have a streak of decency in their souls when it comes to brutal gutter garbage like Cueto,and immediately respond to those who impugn their thug-in-chief by saying something insulting about St. Louis. Earth to Reds homeboys: kicking in a helpless guy’s head is frowned upon by folks with a sense of common humanity in other places as well.

      • Marty McKee - May 1, 2013 at 4:16 PM

        “kicking in a helpless guy’s head is frowned upon by folks with a sense of common humanity in other places as well.” During a fight about 25 athletic men? And I wouldn’t call LaRue helpless. After all, he willingly chose to participate in said brawl.

        By now, everyone except the willingly ignorant knows Cueto wasn’t purposely kicking someone in the head. He was just desperately kicking randomly in an effort to get away from the 25 athletic men who trapped him against a wall.

      • Old Gator - May 1, 2013 at 6:41 PM

        Try watching the film of what happened and stop showing off your moral bankruptcy defending that miserable bag of trash. LaRue was already lying on the ground when Cueto the slimebag began kicking him. He didn’t “get in the way” – Cueto is looking directly at him. The thug lost his guts and freaked out, and picked the most helpless target available. You both really give away what a piece of twin soul garbage you are when you equivocate Cueto’s behavior and especially when you bring LaRue’s baseball abilities into the issue as if that had anything whatsoever to do with it. It doesn’t. You want to admire a criminal because he can pitch and he’s your hometown hero, go ahead. But can the lame excuses. Anyone who watches that film won’t be taken in.

  3. bengalsucker - May 1, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    Old Gator just shows that Brandon Phillips’ comment about Cardinals players and fans is very much still true. If your catcher wasn’t such a whiney hot head over something someone said about him (truth hurts I guess) then that brawl wouldn’t have happened. Yeah Brandon said something he shouldn’t have said and should have kept to himself. Yet you guys continue to show how true it is. Cueto, who was starting the game that day mind you, isn’t going to use his fists to get himself out of a crowd of guys fighting. He got pinned against the wall and he did what he had to do to get his way out and not get hurt. Unfortunately, LaRue caught the kick. Now LaRue was hardly a serviceable catcher at that time anyway so losing him wasn’t a huge blow to the Cardinals. Sucks the guy got hurt but come on. There was a brawl on the field and you act like LaRue was helpless. He was right in the mix of it. If he didn’t want to risk injury, he should have kept his hind parts on the bench. That happens in a fight like that. But to blame it on Cueto is pure ignorance. Tell your catcher to stop acting like a gang banger and none of that would have happened.

    • cptnew1 - May 2, 2013 at 2:17 AM

      As a Cards fan I am on the fence with this one. Should Cueto have been kicking? Probably not. However in the midst on a melee, I can see the “panic”. I also think it is fair to address it ending LaRues career. Apply that to the rest of the business world, and you have lawyers lining up to take the case. “I got kicked in the head at work and have to retire.” LaRues level of talent has nothing to do with it, except for some fans. What if it was Jeter, Pujols, Harper, etc? (just a few names, superstars is the point) That got forced into retirement?

  4. blues1988 - May 1, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    anyone who defends cueto is obviously pure trash and ya molina has done so much to be a thug. he has tattoos get the fuck over it. so do a lot of people ya douche bag.

  5. mazblast - May 1, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    Seriously, Reds fans, if you’re going to get into a whizzing match, do it over something better than Cueto’s behavior. He’s a fine pitcher, but he’s a jerk–and kicking LaRue in the head was and is indefensible.

    As for Cards fans, IMO they’re the best in the business (love the fans, love the ballpark, can’t say as much about the city). Nice people who know their baseball, which is more than I can say about fans at the Great American Small Park (sometimes-nice people who don’t know diddly and who are amazingly intolerant of fans of the opposing team). I live in Cincinnati, so I know whereof I speak–and no, I’m not a Cards fan.

    • Marty McKee - May 3, 2013 at 12:29 PM


  6. watchfullhose - May 1, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    Rinse, repeat. Yawn.

  7. watchfullhose - May 1, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    Why don’t you start a support or advocacy group?

  8. thomas844 - May 1, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    Are y’all seriously still arguing about crap that happened 3 years ago?

  9. bengalsucker - May 1, 2013 at 8:59 PM

    No us Reds fans just defending Cueto because the Cards fans seem to think their girls are innocent. They refuse to accept their catcher is a whiner and can’t take some criticism without starting a fight over it. That’s the true meaning of a thug. He’s a punk.

  10. notsofast10 - May 1, 2013 at 10:08 PM

    There’s no official timetable yet for his return from the disabled list, but the Reds have indicated that they won’t rush Cueto back and at least 2-3 starts seems likely.

    Sure with the way Cingrani is pitching there is certainly no rush!

    • jm91rs - May 1, 2013 at 11:03 PM

      Completely agree. I’d love to see congrani get at least 3 more starts so whatever decision has to be made can be made with a decent sample size.

    • mazblast - May 2, 2013 at 12:29 AM

      Agreed, but keep two things in mind–

      1. Cingrani has very little AAA seasoning, and IMO that’s very necessary for a starting pitcher. A good young pitcher MAY get away with operating on talent alone once around the league at most, but the league catches up with young pitchers quickly if they don’t know how to adjust; and

      2. The “pedigree” factor. Leake is a 1st round pick, Cingrani a 3rd round choice. Organizations will do almost anything to make their top picks look good, and the Reds are no exception (remember how they kept trotting Drew “Captain K” Stubbs out there every day?). They might be better off with Leake at Louisville and Cingrani in the bigs, but I doubt that it will happen.

      • jm91rs - May 2, 2013 at 9:58 AM

        I personally would prefer Cingrani to go back to AAA, just until an injury or Leake / Bailey start having some very bad pitching performances. I don’t see anything wrong with Cingrani striking out 10 batters in 6 innings in AAA for another few months.

        Until pitching becomes the problem, no need to rush him. Now if they could just figure out how to hit the ball.

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