Johnny Cueto didn't appear to feel any effects from a nagging shoulder injury his last time out, but that hasn't prevented Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker from keeping a close eye on his ace.
Cueto could further alleviate Baker's concerns with another solid performance against the host Arizona Diamondbacks as the teams begin a three-game series Friday night.
In his first start since May 31 due to a strained shoulder, Cueto (4-0, 2.08 ERA) came off the disabled list and allowed one run in six innings while adding an RBI on a suicide squeeze in a 5-1 win over Milwaukee on Sunday.
He's 2-0 with a 0.86 ERA over his last three starts.
"We only had one worry with Johnny Cueto - was his (shoulder) OK," Baker said. "Other than that, we don't worry about Johnny Cueto. We have confidence in Johnny in almost everything."
Baker should feel especially confident sending the right-hander to the mound Friday. Cueto is 5-0 with a 1.66 ERA in six starts versus the Diamondbacks, who are hitting .1...