The Cincinnati Reds placed right-handed starting pitcher Johnny Cueto on the disabled list earlier this week due to a lat strain. At the time, manager Dusty Baker hoped the ace would only be required to miss a few starts, but at this point the Reds have yet to set a timetable for him to resume throwing, according to John Fay of The Cincinnati Enquirer.
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Reds trainer Paul Lessard told reporters that the team wants to make sure Cueto is "pain free" and has a "good range of motion and base of strength" before he resumes a throwing program. Lessard was extremely vague as to when that program could begin, simply saying "it could be a couple days" or "it could be a couple more."
Since the injury, the Reds have called up pitching prospect Tony Cigrani from Triple-A to take Cueto's spot in the rotation. While the southpaw was solid in his major league debut, the Reds won't be the same team without a healthy Cueto.
The 27-year-old garnered Cy Young Award consideration last season, posting an ERA of 2.78 over 33 starts spanning 217 innings. He was off to a good start to the 2013 campaign prior to his injury, allowing five runs on 12 hits with six walks and 18 strikeouts over 17 1/3 innings.