Johnny Cueto was ruled out for his scheduled start May 24 due to soreness in his elbow and general stiffness he's been experiencing since his start against the Kansas City Royals on May 19. However, an MRI did not reveal any damage, and he is expected to start June 2.
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Cueto Out Sunday, Expected to Start Tuesday
Sunday, May 31
Cincinnati Reds manager Bryan Price told reporters that Cueto would not be ready to start on Sunday, according to Mark Sheldon of MLB.com. C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer tweeted, "Johnny Cueto throwing a bullpen today. Bryan Price expects him to start Tuesday in Philly."
Cueto is the anchor of the Reds rotation, but the team's depth may be put to the test. He has a history of health problems, having dealt with injuries throughout the 2013 campaign when he started only 11 games.
He was a durable rock for the Reds in 2014 and finished the season with 243.2 innings pitched, a 20-9 record and a 2.25 ERA. Throw in a 0.96 WHIP, a 6.4 WAR and 242 strikeouts, per ESPN.com, and it is clear why Cueto was one of the leading Cy Young Award candidates in the National League.