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Johnny Cueto is one of many Reds who has dealt with injuries this season.
Every team deals with injuries, but it seems like the Reds have had to deal with more than most.
Left fielder Ryan Ludwick went down with a shoulder injury in the third inning of the season, and he is out until at least August. The Reds had to deal with losing a left fielder and a clean-up hitter.
As most fans have wanted for years, Chris Heisey got a chance to play in left field. He struggled for a while before he suffered a hamstring injury. He was close to returning last month, but he suffered a setback during a rehab assignment. It appears that he is close to returning, and he will give the Reds a boost in every aspect.
Heisey can hit home runs, steal bases and play good defense. The Reds don't currently have that combination in left field.
Ludwick's replacement in the No. 4 spot, Brandon Phillips, has even suffered an injury. He was hit by a pitch in the arm earlier this month and missed four games. He has played ever since, but he hasn't been the same.
The second baseman is hitting .163 with one homer and 13 RBI since returning to the lineup. The home run happened to be a grand slam, and he knocked in six runs in that game. That means he has seven RBI in 13 other games since being hit by a pitch. His six-RBI game is his only multi-hit game during the stretch.
Southpaw Sean Marshall has thrown only seven innings this year, and Jonathan Broxton has joined him on the disabled list. Broxton should be back soon, but the Reds aren't sure about Marshall. Until both are healthy, the team is going to need other relievers to step up.
Although Tony Cingrani didn't lose a start while replacing Johnny Cueto, the Reds still missed their ace. Cueto is able to go deeper into games than Cingrani and allow fewer runs. Pedro Villareal lost his only start in place of Cueto, but Cingrani has gotten every other start.
Cueto's injury is a big concern. It's the third time since Game 1 of the National League Division Series that Cueto has tweaked something. The good news is that it's not his arm, but it will be something to watch as the year goes on.
Not many teams can survive losing their No. 4 hitter, two setup men, catcher and an ace. Cincinnati has managed to survive many injuries, and they may start to get healthy in a hurry.