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Cueto (personal) gave up two earned runs on five hits, with no walks and four strikeouts over five innings, in a minor league game against the Dodgers on Friday. "I thought I was going to be a little wild and stuff like that, but no, everything felt pretty good," Cueto told MLB.com. "I was trying to throw the ball down and I was effective. So I was very pleased with my start."

A day after returning to Reds camp, Cueto took the mound on the minor league side for his first taste of live action since March 15. He threw 60 pitches, 47 of which went for strikes, and manager Bryan Price said afterward that he thought Cueto's delivery and the quality of his pitches were "outstanding." The plan is for Cueto to take the hill in a Cactus League game against the Diamondbacks on Wednesday in what will be his final tuneup before Opening Day.

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Cueto (personal) will start Friday's game against the Dodgers' minor league team, C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Managar Bryan Price recently said he thinks Cueto will be ready for Opening Day, as the right-hander only missed a couple of starts while dealing with a family matter in the Dominican Republic. Assuming Friday's outing goes off without a hitch, Cueto should be ready to take the hill Apr. 6 against Francisco Liriano and the Pirates.

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Cueto (personal) returned to Reds camp Thursday morning, MLB.com reports.

The Reds' ace was back on the field Thursday stretching and working with the other pitchers on fielding and rundown drills, after spending close to a week in the Dominican Republic tending to a personal matter. Manager Bryan Price said he hopes to get Cueto into a game "in the next couple of days" for one of two more spring training starts. Cueto is gearing up to head the Cincinnati rotation for a fourth straight year.

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Cueto (personal) is expected to rejoin the team Wednesday night, the Cincinnati Enquirer's John Fay reports.

Manager Bryan Price said he thinks Cueto will have enough time to get ready for Opening Day, as he is only expected to need one spring start since he has been working out at the team's facility in the Dominican Republic.

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Cueto (personal) doesn't yet have a projected return date. Michael Lorenzen will start in Cueto's place Thursday.

The Reds still plan on having Cueto for Opening Day, as he's working out at the Reds' facility in the Dominican Republic. Still, the Reds want him to make at least one more spring training start.

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Cueto left Reds camp Friday and returned home to the Dominican Republic because of a personal issue, MLB.com reports. "[Cueto] is physically fine," manager Bryan Price said. "There are some issues with a family member, some health issues, that he's tending to."

Anthony DeSclafani took the hill Friday night against the Giants in place of Cueto. It's uncertain how long Cueto may be away, but Price expects the right-hander's throwing program to remain on schedule. "He is able to utilize the complex [in the Dominican Republic] to continue to throw, throw bullpens and things of that nature," Price said. Presumably, Cueto should still be able to toe the rubber for Cincinnati on Opening Day.

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Cueto allowed just one hit, a two-run homer, and three walks in four innings on Sunday against the Cubs.

The walks aren't great, but he was working on a different approach against Anthony Rizzo, who had two of the walks. "You have to work different," Cueto said of pitching in spring training. "You can't show everything you have and do the same thing you do during the season. You come out here, you have to work on different things."

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Cueto and the Reds haven't made any progress on long-term contract talks. He has set an Opening Day deadline to reach an extension.So far there's been very little indication that the Reds are willing to pay the premium that it would likely take to land Cueto to a long-term deal. The market was set by Max Scherzer's monster deal with the Nats earlier this offseason.

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Cueto's $10 million option was exercised by the Reds on Tuesday, Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports.

Cueto is coming off a would-be MVP season if not for Clayton Kershaw. It's not surprising the Reds will exercise the team option to keep him on the club. The 2015 season is his last under contract with the Reds, and another good season could put him in line for a big contract when he hits the free agent market.

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Cueto tossed eight innings of one-run ball Tuesday, allowing just four hits and a walk with seven strikeouts against the Brewers for his 19th win of the season.

He bounced back from perhaps his worst start of the season in his last start, and knocked the Brewers out of the playoff race in the process. Cueto won't win the National League Cy Young award due to the fact that he shares the league with Clayton Kershaw, but he'll have a chance to become the first Reds 20-game winner since Danny Jackson in 1988 when he takes the mound for Cincinnati's final game of the season Sunday against the Pirates.