Johnny Cueto Injury: Updates on Reds Star's Elbow and Return

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured Columnist

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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 C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer tweeted, "Johnny Cueto throwing a bullpen today. Bryan Price expects him to start Tuesday in Philly."

He has been out since the Reds announced on May 23 that Raisel Iglesias would start against the Indians in his place, as the pitcher was dealing with "general stiffness."

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, and it is clear why Cueto was one of the leading Cy Young Award candidates in the National League.

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