Skip to content

Johnny Cueto may alter his mechanics to avoid injuries

May 20, 2013, 10:47 AM EST

Johnny Cueto Getty Images

Johnny Cueto is slated to come off the disabled list and start tonight for the Reds after missing the past month with a lat injury. His return was delayed by the same oblique problems that plagued Cueto last season and the right-hander revealed that he’s considering changing his mechanics to avoid similar injuries.

Here’s what Cueto told John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer:

You can say maybe I do too much rotation. I’m going to have to see what’s going on. If that continues to happen, I’m going to have to change my mechanics.

And here’s what he told Will Gonzalez of ESPN Deportes:

I was discussing it with the head trainer, “Do you think my windup is too strong and that’s why I am getting so many muscle injuries?”Let’s see what happens. Maybe I just practice it in the Dominican Republic after the season is over. But I have to change my form because I can’t keep getting injured, although these things happen in sports.

Cueto shields the ball mid-delivery by basically turning his back on the hitter, so it’s certainly one of the more high-effort deliveries involving plenty of twisting and turning. He’s altered his mechanics midseason before and had no issues, but as Cueto mentioned in the above quotes it’s seemingly a whole lot safer to be making tweaks during the offseason.

Latest Posts
  1. Dodgers acquire Joel Peralta from the Rays in a four-player trade

    Nov 21, 2014, 7:04 AM EST

    Joel Peralta AP

    The Dodgers get a potential solution for their setup man woes.

  2. White Sox claim Onelki Garcia off waivers from the Dodgers

    Nov 20, 2014, 11:55 PM EST

    Onelki Garcia Getty Images

    The White Sox claimed a potentially promising arm in Onelki Garcia on a waiver claim from the Dodgers.

  3. Pirates designate Ike Davis for assignment

    Nov 20, 2014, 11:05 PM EST

    Ike Davis Ike Davis

    The Pirates designated Ike Davis for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster.

  4. Mariners claim Edgar Olmos off waivers from the Marlins

    Nov 20, 2014, 10:15 PM EST

    Edgar Olmos Getty Images

    The Mariners added some bullpen depth, claiming Edgar Olmos off waivers from the Marlins on Thursday.

  5. Padres trade Reymond Fuentes to the Royals for Kyle Bartsch

    Nov 20, 2014, 9:25 PM EST

    Reymond Fuentes Reymond Fuentes

    The Padres and Royals made a trade ahead of the 40-man roster deadline.

  6. Rays expected to designate Jose Molina for assignment

    Nov 20, 2014, 8:35 PM EST

    Jose Molina Jose Molina

    The Rays are expected to eschew Jose Molina from their 40-man roster ahead of the midnight deadline.

  7. That thing about Jose Canseco’s finger falling off? It was a hoax.

    Nov 20, 2014, 7:45 PM EST

    Jose Canseco Getty Images

    Jose Canseco made up the whole thing about his reattached finger falling off and wanting to sell it on the Internet.

  8. White Sox among teams interested in Melky Cabrera

    Nov 20, 2014, 6:55 PM EST

    Melky Cabrera AP

    The White Sox are apparently one of three teams showing interest in free agent outfielder Melky Cabrera.

  9. Pirates claim Pedro Florimon off waivers from the Nationals

    Nov 20, 2014, 6:05 PM EST

    Pedro Florimon Pedro Florimon

    The Pirates picked up Pedro Florimon off waivers from the Nationals on Thursday evening.

  10. Yankees sell Zelous Wheeler to Japanese team

    Nov 20, 2014, 5:17 PM EST

    Zelous Wheeler Yankees Getty Images

    Wheeler made his big-league debut this season when injuries wrecked the Yankees’ roster.

  11. Rockies designate Juan Nicasio for assignment

    Nov 20, 2014, 4:46 PM EST

    Juan Nicasio Getty Getty Images

    As recently as mid-September manager Walt Weiss was talking Nicasio up as a reliever for 2015.

  12. The Braves are a “dark horse” for Yasmany Tomas

    Nov 20, 2014, 4:30 PM EST

    yasmany tomas getty Getty Images

    Could a team that is unloading salary go nine-figures on an outfielder?

  13. White Sox designate Ronald Belisario for assignment

    Nov 20, 2014, 3:45 PM EST

    Ronald Belisario AP

    Belisario served as the White Sox’s closer for part of this season.

  14. Tigers claim Josh Zeid off waivers from Astros

    Nov 20, 2014, 3:15 PM EST

    Josh Zeid Astros AP

    Zeid underwent season-ending foot surgery in July.

  15. The pace-of-play rules in the Arizona Fall League were a mixed bag

    Nov 20, 2014, 3:01 PM EST

    pitch clock

    And it’s not at all clear when or if those experiments will translate into rules changes.

  16. Phillies have “cooled” on signing Yasmany Tomas

    Nov 20, 2014, 12:50 PM EST

    yasmany tomas getty Getty Images

    Presumed front-runners may have changed their minds.

  17. Nationals telling teams Jordan Zimmermann is “available”

    Nov 20, 2014, 12:14 PM EST

    Jordan Zimmermann AP

    Zimmermann has just one season remaining until he’s eligible for free agency and the 28-year-old right-hander is in line for a massive payday.

  18. Yasmany Tomas is unlikely to sign in the next couple of weeks

    Nov 20, 2014, 11:34 AM EST

    yasmani tomas cuba getty Getty Images

    The Cuban outfielder is letting his market develop, it seems.

Featured video

Maddon has high hopes for Cubs
Top 10 MLB Player Searches
  1. G. Stanton (3865)
  2. P. Sandoval (3527)
  3. J. Lester (3227)
  4. R. Martin (2980)
  5. J. Heyward (2277)
  1. M. Scherzer (2192)
  2. Y. Tomas (2192)
  3. T. Hunter (2136)
  4. B. Butler (1929)
  5. M. Cabrera (1815)