Johnny Cueto SP CIN 5 days ago

Cueto allowed two runs on two hits, walking three and striking out six over six innings of a 2-1 loss to the Mets on Friday night.

Cueto (4-5, 2.98 ERA) was pitching on eight days rest as the team decided to give him some extra time between starts to get past a bit of tenderness in his pitching elbow. He wasn't as sharp as usual, needing 112 pitches (just 67 for strikes) to cover six innings, and the eventual winning run came in after he walked three consecutive hitters following a triple in the fifth inning. Still, a 112 pitch outing would suggest the elbow is no longer a concern, and he will likely get back in a groove once he returns to his normal routine between outings.

Johnny Cueto SP CIN 5 days ago

Cueto (elbow) has been confirmed as the starting pitcher for Friday's game against the Mets.

Manager Bryan Price indicated that Cueto could have pitched Tuesday, but the club wanted him to rest his elbow a bit more. He will return to the mound Friday, however, and there's been no indication that he will be on any sort of pitch count.

Johnny Cueto SP CIN 1 week ago

Manager Bryan Price said Cueto could have pitched Tuesday but the club wanted to get him more rest for his elbow, C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

The elbow wasn't mentioned in initial reports regarding the Reds' decision to skip Cueto on Tuesday, but it seems the team feels he's still not quite 100 percent. Cueto battled some elbow discomfort toward the end of last month, which resulted in him missing a turn in the rotation, but an MRI was negative and the club seems adamant that they are just taking all the necessary precautions with the 29-year-old.

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Cueto will have his start skipped Tuesday in order to get some extra rest, MLB.com reports.

The Reds did not say much about the decision other than noting that the goal is to give Cueto some extra rest, and it was not specified whether or not he's dealing with some type of injury. Josh Smith will come up from Triple-A Louisville to get the start Tuesday against the Pirates with Mike Leake going Wednesday and Anthony DeSclafani on Thursday. Cueto will return to the mound Friday when the Reds open a series with the Mets in New York.

Johnny Cueto SP CIN 2 weeks ago

Rain limited Cueto to 5.1 innings in his start Wednesday against the Tigers. He allowed three runs on three hits and two walks while striking out four in the eventual extra-inning win.

Both Cueto and opposing starter David Price left the game following a rain delay, but it may have been a blessing for Cueto, who wasn't at his sharpest. It took him 88 pitches to get as far as he did, so he likely didn't have a lot left anyway. All the damage against him came on a Miguel Cabrera three-run bomb -- the 10th homer Cueto has allowed this year. He's one of the best fantasy arms around, but Cueto needs to do a better job keeping the ball in the yard to retain that status. He'll draw the Pirates on Tuesday.

Johnny Cueto SP CIN 3 weeks ago

Cueto went seven innings in a no-decision against the Cubs on Friday, allowing four runs on seven hits with nine strikeouts and no walks.

The 29-year-old appeared primed to push his record above .500 for the first time this season, but Starlin Castro took advantage of a mistake pitch from Cueto in the sixth inning, smacking it for a game-tying two-run homer. Cueto has shown no ill effects from the elbow issue that cost him a start in late May, as he's allowed five runs on 16 hits with a 22:2 K:BB over 20 innings in his last three outings.

Johnny Cueto SP CIN 3 weeks ago

Cueto was superb Sunday against the Padres, throwing seven shutout innings. He struck out nine while allowing four hits and two walks.

Cueto's health always looms as a question, which might make it hard for the Reds to extract full value if they decide to become sellers before the break. But at least for now, he's healthy and pitching well.

Johnny Cueto SP CIN 1 month ago

Cueto allowed one earned run on five hits with four strikeouts over six innings in Tuesday's loss at Philadelphia.

After missing a start with elbow soreness, Cueto was limited to 93 pitches but turned in a strong performance to ease concerns about his health. Cincinnati's bullpen blew the lead he exited with, so he did not factor into the decision. Though he will be monitored carefully over the next few days, Cueto is scheduled to start Sunday against San Diego.

Johnny Cueto SP CIN 1 month ago

Cueto is confirmed as the starting pitcher for Tuesday's game against the Phillies, C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

As anticipated, Cueto will be on the hill Tuesday after dealing with some elbow soreness over the last week. An MRI last Tuesday confirmed no structural damage, but the team will certainly monitor his status following Tuesday's outing.

Johnny Cueto SP CIN 1 month ago

Cueto (elbow) threw a successful bullpen session Sunday, and expects to start Tuesday against the Phillies, C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Per MLB.com's Mark Sheldon, Cueto was able to deploy his entire arsenal of pitches, which is clearly a good sign heading into next week. He was scratched from Sunday's start due to precautionary reasons, but appears to be healthy enough to take on a normal workload moving forward. Nothing official has been announced by the Reds just yet, but Tuesday remains the target date for a return to the mound.