Johnny Cueto Injury: Updates on Reds Pitcher's Lat

Tyler Brooke@TylerDBrookeSenior Analyst IIJune 28, 2013

Johnny Cueto continues to make progress as her recovers from a lat strain.


UPDATE: Monday, Sept. 16, at 1:20 p.m. ET

The Reds have activated Johnny Cueto from the disabled list:

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UPDATE: Sunday, Sept. 15, at 12:50 p.m. ET

C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer confirmed that Johnny Cueto will start tomorrow and passed along a statement from Reds manager Dusty Baker:

Johnny Cueto will make his first start since June on Monday when the right-hander will take on the Astros, Reds manager Dusty Baker confirmed before Sunday’s game with the Brewers.


“It’s kind of like a spring training game, getting ready, he appears relatively ready in what appears like spring training for him now,” Baker said. “We’ll see what we can get out of him. It’s worth a try, because he’s Johnny Cueto. The more we get out of him (Monday) and the more we get out of him the next time, maybe who knows what he’ll be ready for come playoff time.”

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UPDATE: Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 12:26 p.m. ET

Mark Sheldon of has an update on Johnny Cueto as he tries to return from a strained right lat:

Reds RHP Johnny Cueto (strained right lat) threw 60 pitches to hitters Neftali Soto, Derrick Robinson, Jack Hannahan and Henry Rodriguez on Wednesday. All looked to be OK. Cueto threw both from his usual twist windup and from the stretch.

“He was throwing pretty good,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said after watching the session. “It’s not surprising to me. He’s so mechanically sound. He tired a little bit at the end, which was to be expected. It’s a matter of endurance. His velocity was still pretty good.”


What’s next for Cueto?

“I don’t know,” Baker said. “We’ll have to see how he comes out of this one. We’re trying to be optimistically cautious.”

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UPDATE: Tuesday, Sept. 3 at 11:45 p.m. ET

From C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer:

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UPDATE: Wednesday, Aug. 21 at 4:43 p.m. ET's Mark Sheldon reports on Cueto's progress:

Injured Reds ace Johnny Cueto (straight right lat muscle) wasn’t expected to begin a throwing program until getting the results of a MRI test on Friday. But things were apparently moved up because Cueto played catch on the field Wednesday under the supervision of head trainer Paul Lessard.

Cueto made 40 throws.

“I feel good,” Cueto said. “I didn’t feel bad. I didn’t feel nothing. I wanted to throw. They said OK.”

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UPDATE: Sunday, June 30, at 2:20 p.m. ET by Brandon Galvin's John Fay has the latest on Johnny Cueto.

Johnny Cueto’s injury is basically the same as the previous two times — a strained right lat. But it sounds like he’ll be out closer to five weeks he missed the first time than the 15 days he missed the second time.

'He had diagnostic ultrasound to determine what want wrong,' trainer Paul Lessard said. 'It’s almost to the identical spot. Basically, it’s where the scar tissue that had built up from the muscle building. It’s within the belly of the muscle. It’s a small tear. Picked that scab basically.'

'We’ll probably go a little slower this time. It’s probably going to be an issue the rest of the season. We’ll have to take some more time now. We’ll do scans to see it’s heeling before we start a throwing program.'

Cueto missed five weeks the first time he went on the disabled list with the injury. He missed exactly 15 days the second time he went on the DL with the injury.

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UPDATE: Saturday, June 29, at 5:24 p.m. ET by Kyle Vassalo

John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer provides the update Reds fans have been dreading:

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UPDATE: Friday, June 28, at 9:38 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

The Reds announced Cueto's specific injury via Twitter:

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*Original Text*

According to Mark Sheldon, the Reds beat reporter for, Cueto was injured for the third time this year after only one inning of work against the Texas Rangers on Friday.

Cueto has had a tough season battling injuries.  He has on the disabled list from April 15 to May 19 with a strained muscle in his right shoulder to start the season.  He came back to pitch a couple of outings but was then put back on the DL on June 6.

In his nine games he’s started for the Reds, Cueto has gone 4-1 with a 3.33 ERA and a WHIP of only 1.07.  However, in his two games back from the most recent DL, he went 1-1 with a 6.97 ERA.

The Reds certainly needed all of the help they could get at this point, and losing Cueto once again won’t help.  Despite a solid 45-34 record before this most recent injury to Cueto, they are still only third in the NL Central.

The pitching staff has been doing solid without Cueto, however, boasting a team ERA of only 3.52, the fourth-best mark in the National League.  Their opposing batting average of .241 is also second best in the NL, next to the Pittsburgh Pirates at .226.

It will be interesting to see how this plays out for the Reds later on in the season, but there’s one thing that’s certain: Yet another injury to Cueto is bad news for the Reds.