Cincinnati Reds right-handed starting pitcher Johnny Cueto will make his first minor league rehab start on Friday for the team's Double-A affiliate, according to John Fay of The Cincinnati Enquirer.
Cueto says he'll throw for Pensacola Friday in rehab. 60, 70 pitches. #reds @cincienquirer
— John Fay (@johnfayman) May 1, 2013
Cueto has been sidelined since the middle of April due to a strained lat muscle. Initially, the Reds weren't concerned about the side injury, but as is usually the case, it proved more tricky than first thought. There was no timeframe for Cueto's return as of April 19, but he resumed a throwing program a few days later.
The Reds are ready to begin Cueto's rehab stint after he threw 45 pitches yesterday without issue during a bullpen session. Fay notes that the right-hander is set to throw 60-70 pitches on Friday. There's still not a firm timeframe set, but it appears that Cueto could spend a few starts in the minors before he's activated.If he returns, then he could possibly pitch in Miami during
the Reds/Marlins series from May 14-16.
The Reds are third in the National League in ERA at 3.28,
and Cueto is a big reason why. He is 1-0 with a 2.67 ERA in 3 starts and 17.1
innings. For his career, Cueto has a 3.56 ERA in 5+ seasons. He is typically
among the league leaders in ERA and has been a huge factor in the Reds’ success
in recent years. The Reds are currently in fourth place in the N.L. Central at
15-13 as play begins on May 1.
Raymond Bureau contributed to this article.
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