Johnny Cueto SP CIN 6 Hrs

Johnny Cueto spun a gem Wednesday, striking out 12 while giving up just three base hits in a 4-0 shutout win over the Pirates.

A one-out Andrew McCutchen double in the fourth inning was the only time all day the Pirates reached second base. Cueto even contributed a rare hit at the plate. The Reds right-hander only has one win to show for it but has been magnificent so far this season, posting a 1.50 ERA, 0.80 WHIP and 35/8 K/BB ratio over 30 innings. He'll face the Pirates again next week.

Johnny Cueto SP CIN 5 Days

Johnny Cueto pitched well in Friday's loss to the Rays, allowing just two runs on five hits over seven strong innings.

Cueto walked four and punched out six in the quality outing, but was simply out-dueled by Rays ace David Price. The Rays got on the board with an RBI single by Evan Longoria in the first inning, and added a solo homer by Matt Joyce in the third to complete the damage against him. Now 0-2 on the season, Cueto will carry a sparkling 2.14 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 23/8 K/BB ratio into Wednesday's start against the Pirates.

Johnny Cueto SP CIN 16 Days

Johnny Cueto was saddled with a loss he didn't deserve Monday, allowing one run on just three hits and a walk over seven frames against the Cardinals.

Cueto struck out eight in what was mostly a dominating performance, as he held the Cards to two Matt Adams hits through one out in the sixth. But he then left a ball up to Yadier Molina and the catcher deposited it into the left field seats for the lone run of the game. Cueto was hitting 93-94 mph consistently, showing no ill effects from the shoulder ailment that came up a couple weeks ago.

Johnny Cueto SP CIN 20 Days

Johnny Cueto will start for the Reds on Opening Day, March 31, against the visiting Cardinals.

Cueto had to be scratched from a Cactus League start last week due to irritation near his scapula, but he made it through a five-inning outing in a minor league game Tuesday and was given clearance for the season-opener on Thursday. He'll be followed in the Reds' rotation by Homer Bailey, Mike Leake, Tony Cingrani, and Alfredo Simon. Mat Latos (knee) should be ready around mid-April.

Johnny Cueto SP CIN 22 Days

Johnny Cueto (shoulder) allowed six runs on seven hits and a walk but struck out 11 over five-plus innings in a minor league game Tuesday.

Most importantly, he felt fine physically, and Reds pitching coach Jeff Pico reiterated that Cueto should be fine to open the season. He could be the club's Opening Day starter.

Johnny Cueto SP CIN 22 Days

Johnny Cueto (scapula) is expected to throw five innings or around 80 pitches Tuesday in a minor league game.

Cueto was scratched from his scheduled Cactus League start on Thursday due to scapula irritation, but it's not a major concern. Barring a setback Tuesday, he should be good to go for the start of the regular season.

Johnny Cueto SP CIN 27 Days

Johnny Cueto was scratched from his scheduled Cactus League start on Thursday due to scapula irritation.

Jeff Francis will take the mound instead. Reds manger Bryan Price told reporters that Cueto could have pitched if it were a regular season game, so the issue is obviously minor. Cueto will presumably throw a side session to stay on track for his Opening Day start.

Johnny Cueto SP CIN 1 Month

Johnny Cueto delivered another impressive Cactus League performance on Friday, allowing just one run on five hits over five innings in a win against the Rangers.

Cueto struggled to get going in his first two spring starts, but has been lights-out over the past two. He doesn't generate as many strikeouts as the elite fantasy arms, but as long as he remains healthy, he makes for a terrific mid-round option.

Johnny Cueto SP CIN 1 Month

Johnny Cueto excelled in his third Cactus League start, hurling four shutout innings against the Angels on Sunday.

The 28-year-old right-hander allowed just two hits, didn't walk a batter, and struck out a pair on the afternoon. Shoulder injuries limited him to just 11 starts in 2013, but provided he can stay healthy he looks like a bargain in early fantasy league drafts.

Johnny Cueto SP CIN 1 Month

Johnny Cueto was lit up by the Royals in Tuesday's 9-5 loss, allowing six runs in 2 2/3 innings.

Cueto allowed six runs on seven hits. While he did strike out four, the six hits included a double, two triples, and two home runs. The right-hander was solid in 11 starts last season, but missed a chunk of time with a shoulder issue. It shouldn't be a lingering issue, and the Reds are banking on him returning to form.