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Johnny Cueto scratched from start, placed on disabled list

Jun 5, 2013, 5:17 PM EST

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Johnny Cueto was scratched from tonight’s scheduled start against the Rockies and placed on the disabled list with a lat injury, leaving the Reds scrambling to find a fill-in starter. Tony Cingrani no doubt would have been the choice after pitching so well subbing for Cueto earlier this season, but he started yesterday at Triple-A.

Pedro Villarreal will make the spot start in Cueto’s place. Villarreal made his big-league debut with the Reds in September, throwing one scoreless inning in his lone appearance. This season the 25-year-old right-hander had a 5.03 ERA in 11 starts at Triple-A, serving up 13 homers in 59 innings.

As for Cueto … he has a history of lat/oblique problems, including spending a month on the DL earlier this season, and has even talked about potentially needing to adjust his mechanics to avoid further injuries. He’s been fantastic in between DL stints, going 3-0 with a 2.17 ERA in six starts, but if the past is any indication Cueto may not pitch again until after the All-Star break.

  1. specialkindofstupid - Jun 5, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    If Jason LaRue has been biding his time, waiting, now may be an opportune time to attack.

  2. jonrox - Jun 5, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    One of the MLB.com beat writers is reporting Cueto is only expected to miss 1-2 starts.

    • jm91rs - Jun 5, 2013 at 10:23 PM

      He’s out 15 days retroactive to his last game which means 3 scheduled starts. If they mess with the rotation they might be able to get it to 2, but I have no idea why dusty said maybe only one start missed.

      • jonrox - Jun 5, 2013 at 11:19 PM

        No, with it retroactive and tomorrow a free day, he’ll be eligible to return on what would be the third normal day. He missed this game and will miss one other.

        I think all the “maybe one game” comments came before the DL move.

    • mazblast - Jun 5, 2013 at 10:52 PM

      Obviously, he doesn’t know much about lat injuries. They linger, and given Johnny’s history, the Reds shouldn’t be in any hurry to bring him back quickly.

  3. contraryguy - Jun 5, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    No Tony Cingrani on this call-up. Hmm.

    • jonrox - Jun 5, 2013 at 6:13 PM

      He pitched on Sunday. Villarreal was the scheduled pitcher at AAA today

      • jm91rs - Jun 6, 2013 at 9:40 AM

        And that just worked out wonderfully. They better start shuffling AAA to get Cingrani on the same schedule as Cueto, I can’t sit through another Villrreal start.

  4. watchfullhose - Jun 5, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    He’ll miss at least 2 starts – back by ~June 15th. Good move by the reds…get Johnny healthy for the summer stretch.

  5. ndphog - Jun 5, 2013 at 9:31 PM

    Jason LaRue’s voodoo doll is working perfectly.

    Karma.

  6. cincy85 - Jun 6, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    i love cueto but COME ON MAN!!

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