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Johnny Cueto will rejoin the Reds’ rotation Monday

May 15, 2013, 5:19 PM EDT

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Johnny Cueto‘s minor-league rehab assignment is over after two starts at Single-A and John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that he’ll come off the disabled list to start for the Reds on Monday.

Cueto allowed one run in eight innings while rehabbing, striking out eight and walking zero, so he certainly seems ready to return after sitting out a month with lat and oblique injuries.

No word yet on who’ll be bumped from the Reds’ rotation. Based on merit it would be Mike Leake, who has a 4.32 ERA in seven starts and wasn’t much good last season. Based on veteran-ness Leake might stick around, in which case rookie left-hander Tony Cingrani could lose his spot despite being extremely impressive with a 2.89 ERA and 37/7 K/BB ratio in 28 innings.

  1. flamethrower101 - May 15, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    Or, or…and this is just me spewing an idea…six-man rotation?

  2. thomas844 - May 15, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    Cingrani will probably be sent down. As well as he has done, he needs to develop his offspeed stuff as it seems like guys were starting to figure out his fastball. His fastball is great, but he needs to mix in other pitches rather than throwing it 80-90% of the time. Leake will be just fine.

    • timburns116 - May 16, 2013 at 12:53 AM

      Leake will not be fine, since he is not good. Good for him, though, now he knows there are six better starters in the organization than himself. Dude lives a charmed life

      • thomas844 - May 17, 2013 at 12:57 PM

        He is 3-2 this year with a 3.72 ERA not to mention he is a solid hitter. I’m sure a lot of teams would love to have that kind of production out of their #5 starter.

  3. insidefastball - May 15, 2013 at 11:26 PM

    Well, Leake just threw 6 plus innings of shutout ball tonight. He pitched well in his last start too. Baker just left him in too long.

    • timburns116 - May 16, 2013 at 12:54 AM

      He pitched well against the Marlins!? Good for him.

      • jm91rs - May 16, 2013 at 8:35 AM

        Sorry to burst your bubble, but Dusty just said there was never any chance that Cingrani was going to push Leake out of the rotation.

  4. rmosss - May 16, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    Fine a spot for Leake as a hitter. Cingrani has got to stay! I might be called crazy but he reminds me of a young Glavine. He’s only gonna get better. He can’t get better being sent down! He’s a far better pitcher than Leake already!

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