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 2 Months

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.

Johnny Cueto SP CIN 2 Months

Johnny Cueto held the Indians scoreless over two innings in his start on Thursday.

Cueto danced around a hit and two walks by striking out two. He dealt with a strained right lat throughout 2013, so it is good to see him start strong in his Cactus League debut. If Cueto can stay healthy this year, the Reds should have one of the more formidable starting rotations in the National League.

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Johnny Cueto lasted just 3 1/3 innings in Tuesday's Wild Card loss to the Pirates, allowing four runs - three earned - on seven hits and a walk.

He failed to record a strikeout and needed 60 pitches to cover the 3 1/3 frames. The unearned run Cueto was charged with could've easily been earned, as Zack Cozart was charged with an error on a hard smash he was unable to field cleanly. Pittsburgh fans were taunting the righty with "Cue-to" chants most of the night, and it appeared to unnerve him. Mat Latos would've made this start if not for a balky elbow, but with the way Francisco Liriano threw, it probably wouldn't have mattered.

Johnny Cueto SP CIN 7 Months

Johnny Cueto will start for the Reds in their one-game playoff with the Pirates in Pittsburgh on Tuesday.

Mat Latos was the prohibitive favorite to get the start, but Reds manager Dusty Baker said the right-hander's arm was "barking," so Cueto will get the nod instead. Cueto has made two starts in September, allowing one earned run over 12 innings while striking out 10. He'll be opposed by Francisco Liriano.

Johnny Cueto SP CIN 7 Months

Johnny Cueto turned in another strong outing Monday in his second start back from the DL, allowing two runs -- one earned -- and three hits in seven innings against the Mets.

Cueto was allowed to come back out for the seventh at 83 pitches and went on to finish at 99. It looks like he'll be all ready to go as key piece in the postseason rotation. It'll be interesting to see how the Reds use him this weekend; they'll want to keep him stretched out, but they'll also want him rested.

Johnny Cueto SP CIN 7 Months

Johnny Cueto won in his return to the rotation by throwing five scoreless innings versus the Astros on Monday.

Facing Houston with Trevor Crowe batting third is practically a rehab start. Cueto allowed five hits, walked one and struck out five while throwing 82 pitches. He should be ready to throw 90-95 pitches this weekend against the Pirates.

Johnny Cueto SP CIN 7 Months

Reds activated RHP Johnny Cueto from the 60-day disabled list.

Cueto will return to the Reds' starting rotation on Monday night in Houston after missing the past 10 weeks with a strained lat. Cueto will be on a pinch count, but the matchup is still a strong one for fantasy purposes. He has a 2.67 ERA in 66 starts since the end of 2010.

Johnny Cueto SP CIN 7 Months

Johnny Cueto (lat) will rejoin the Reds' rotation on Monday in Houston.

Cueto reported no issues a day after throwing a bullpen session, clearing the way for his return. The right-hander hasn't started a game since June 28 and will be limited from a pitch count perspective, but it's safe for fantasy owners to go ahead and plug him in against the Astros.