Tag:Johnny Cueto
Posted on: April 21, 2011 1:37 pm
Edited on: April 21, 2011 3:23 pm
 

Cards fans ready for Reds' Leake

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Mike Leake won't be pitching for the Reds this weekend in St. Louis, but he'll be seen in the stands.

St. Louis blog Joe Sports Fan is selling these shirts this weekend, and, well, they're just perfect.

Mike Leake

Bravo Matt Sebek and company. To order your shirt for when the Reds come to your town, you can send an e-mail to Matt at matt@joesportsfan.com or tweet him @MattSebek.

The Reds-Cardinals rivalry was amped up last season after Brandon Phillips called the Cardinals "whiny little bitches" and then set off a fight, where Johnny Cueto kicked Jason LaRue in the head. The two teams haven't come to fisticuffs since then, but there are still plenty of hard feelings on both sides. Cueto is currently on the disabled list and won't be in St. Louis, by the way, and LaRue retired after suffering a concussion in the brawl.

Leake is making his first post-arrest start today in Cincinnati, where the Diamondbacks picketed runs off of him in each of the first two innings before he got off clean in the third.

UPDATE: Leake allowed four hits and three runs, striking out six and walking two, improving to 3-0 on the season with Cincinnati's 7-4 victory over the Diamondbacks.

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Posted on: April 5, 2011 5:43 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 11:51 am
 

Bailey, Cueto improving for Reds

By Matt Snyder

The Cincinnati Reds with 40 percent of their expected rotation on the disabled list, in Johnny Cueto and Homer Bailey. They've started 3-0 after sweeping the Brewers and now the news gets even better, as both Cueto and Bailey are on track to return soon. Both are reportedly pain-free and feeling ready, it's just a matter of working them into major-league form.

"They're ready to go as far as arm strength," pitching coach Bryan Price said. "But this early in the season, you don't want to push it." (Cincinnati.com )

Cueto finished a 37-pitch bullpen Tuesday and will next throw two innings in a minor-league game.

Bailey threw long toss Tuesday and is targeting bullpens on Saturday and then again either Monday or Tuesday next week. The Reds have said he'll throw a minor-league game April 14.

Cueto, 25, was 12-7 with a 3.64 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 138 strikeouts in 185 2/3 innings last season.

Bailey, 24, was 4-3 with a 4.46 ERA and 100 strikeouts in 19 starts last year.

With both healthy and getting closer to their full potential, the Reds figure to have one of the better 1-5 rotations in the league.

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Posted on: March 29, 2011 9:55 pm
 

Even with mono, Arroyo ready for season

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Bronson ArroyoMany have been skeptical of Bronson Arroyo's plan to pitch through mononucleosis, but the Reds starter threw 100 pitches and went into the seventh inning on Tuesday in the team's final  spring training game.

"I felt good, I can't stop coughing, but I feel good," Arroyo told MLB.com. "I'm feeling better every day. I didn't have the best command. They hit the ball hard right at some guys, but I got 100 pitchs in, and that's what I wanted to do. I'll see how I bounce back tomorrow. It will be a nice little test for me."

Arroyo gave up six hits and two runs in 6 1/3 innings in the team's win over the Indians. Cleveland's two runs off of Arroyo came on solo homers by Shin-Soo Choo. Choo has owned Arroyo in the past. In regular-season games, Choo is 6 for 12 off of Arroyo with four homers, so Arroyo appeared to be in mid-season form.

"Choo hits everything I throw," Arroyo said. "I was hoping to face him one more time. I was going to tell him what was coming every pitch and see if he could deal with that."

The Reds already have two-fifths of their rotation starting the season on the disabled list, with Johnny Cueto and Homer Bailey suffering injuries this spring, and Arroyo has been pushed back to the team's third game, Sunday against the Brewers after initially being scheduled to start the second game. Travis Wood will start the team's second game of the season.

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Posted on: March 27, 2011 3:29 pm
Edited on: March 27, 2011 3:55 pm
 

All of a sudden, Reds rotation a mess

By Matt Snyder

The defending NL Central champions entered camp with at least six viable starting pitchers: Edinson Volquez, Bronson Arroyo, Johnny Cueto, Travis Wood, Homer Bailey and Mike Leake. Some fans may have even inexplicably thought Dontrelle Willis had a chance of impressing, but he's been moved to the minors (it was announced Sunday via press release, forgive me for yawning).

It did, however, look like an embarrassment of riches, especially if you looked from the angle that Volquez was far enough away from Tommy John surgery to fully return to form and Cueto, Wood, Leake and Bailey were young enough to expect improvement.

Instead, Bailey will start the season on the DL, Cueto is headed that way and Arroyo has mono. As a result the fairly anonymous Sam LeCure is going to begin the season in the rotation.

Wood has thrown the ball relatively well this spring for the most part, but he's the exception.

Leake has been dreadful, having allowed 27 hits, 16 earned runs and seven walks against just four strikeouts in 15 1/3 innings. Yes, that's a 9.39 ERA and 2.22 WHIP. This is fresh off a season that saw him go 3-4 with a 6.47 ERA after the first week of June, so there has to be plenty of concern.

Volquez has been pretty bad himself (8.38 ERA and 2.38 WHIP), to the point that he was talking about how great he felt after a lackluster effort last time out.

We shouldn't put a ton of stock in all spring numbers, but for young guys trying to get back in the groove or players working back from injuries, they matter to some extent. I'm sure Dusty Baker would rather have everyone throwing it well, that's for sure. The good news is nothing that's happened thus far counts and that the injuries all appear to be pretty minor. Everything could work itself out by the middle of April -- and it's a long season.

Still, within just over a week, starting pitching has gone from a strength to a big question mark for the Reds.

Just goes to show how precious starting pitching is, doesn't it?

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Posted on: March 26, 2011 3:15 pm
Edited on: March 26, 2011 3:18 pm
 

Arroyo doesn't expect to miss any time with mono

Bronson Arroyo
By C. Trent Rosecrans

Even though Reds starter Bronson Arroyo has mononucleosis -- not valley fever -- he said he will stay in the team's rotation, giving a needed boost to a team that's already lost Johnny Cueto and Homer Bailey for the start of the season.

"I'll make it through," Arroyo told John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer on Saturday.

Arroyo, one of baseball's most durable pitchers, said he's been told there's nothing more medically they can do and there's no timetable for a recovery.

"It could be two weeks," Arroyo said. "It could be the whole season. It's like any disease -- it has to run its course. All I can do is eat good, exercise."

Also, because his energy is drained, he'll cut out all his "extra-curricular activities."

"I'll just come to the park and go home and rest," Arroyo said.

If Arroyo does have to spend any time on the disabled list -- something he's never done in his career -- Matt Maloney would likely replace him. Arroyo has pitched at least 200 innings in each of the last six seasons.

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Posted on: March 25, 2011 4:30 pm
 

Reds putting Bailey on DL

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Homer BaileyAll offseason we heard about the Reds' pitching depth and it won't take too long this season to put it to the test.

With Johnny Cueto already expected to miss his first start and Bronson Arroyo being tested for valley fever, the team said Friday it will be putting Homer Bailey on the disabled list to start the season with a right shoulder impingement.

The team hopes Bailey will miss just two starts.

"It's nothing to be alarmed about," Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said (via the Cincinnati Enquirer's John Fay on Twitter). "If we didn't take care it now, it would bother him all year."

Sam LeCure will take his spot in the rotation, along with Edinson Volquez, Arroyo, Mike Leake and Travis Wood. LeCure, 26, was 2-5 with a 4.50 ERA last season with the Reds in 15 games, six starts. As a starter, he went 1-4 with a 4.86 ERA.

The National League Central has been hit hard with starting pitching injuries this spring, with the Brewers losing Zack Greinke for a couple of starts, the Cardinals losing Adam Wainwright for the season and the Reds' slew of injuries. The Astros' Wandy Rodriguez missed a couple of weeks with shoulder tendinitis but returned on Tuesday and is expected to start the season on time.

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Posted on: March 21, 2011 4:04 pm
 

Cueto likely to start season on DL

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Cincinnati's Johnny Cueto was shut down for the next week-to-10 days and will likely start the season on the disabled list, meaning Mike Leake's first minor-league start will have to wait.

Johnny CuetoThe Reds announced that Cueto has mild inflammation on his right shoulder and will stay at the team's training facility in Goodyear, Ariz., when the team leaves for Cincinnati next week.

"Everything structurally is fine," Reds general manager Walt Jocketty told reporters, including MLB.com's Mark Sheldon. "The recommendation from Dr. [Timothy] Kremchek is to shut him down for a week or so and give it a chance to get him back on a throwing program."

The team expects him to need at least two weeks.

Another Reds starter, Bronson Arroyo, is dealing with the flu, so he's been bumped back a start, as well. That leaves the rotation as Edinson Volquez, Homer Bailey, Arroyo, Travis Wood and Leake.

There had been a battle between Wood and Leake for the final spot -- just as there was last spring. Last spring Leake, the 2009 first-rounder, won the spot out of spring, bypassing the minor leagues altogether. Leake had a fantastic first half of the season (6-1, 3.53 ERA), but then struggled and fought shoulder fatigue and was finally put not he disabled list. He finished the season 8-4 with a 4.23 ERA.

With Leake struggling, the Reds called up the left-handed Wood, who took a perfect game into the ninth at Philadelphia in his third career start. Wood finished the season 5-4 with a 3.51 ERA in 17 starts.

Wood was winning the spring battle, going 1-0 with a 3.21 ERA in four starts. Leake is 1-0 with a 6.23 in four games and three starts. However, in his last appearance, he went four scoreless innings against the Indians.

Cincinnati's pitching depth has been praised all spring, and like most others in the National League Central, it's being put to the test early.

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Posted on: March 19, 2011 5:06 pm
Edited on: March 19, 2011 7:18 pm
 

Cueto leaves start early with apparent injury

By Matt Snyder

Reds starting pitcher Johnny Cueto was slated for up to four innings and 60 pitches Saturday in a split-squad game against the Rockies. Instead, he departed after just one. He has battled stiffness issues in his throwing biceps and forearm through much of the spring.

Reds manager Dusty Baker said the malady Saturday was "similar" but "not as bad." Cueto indicated he wanted to stay in, but the Reds opted to err on the side of caution. (Mark Sheldon via Twitter )

Cueto immediately met with a doctor and reportedly will talk to the media later Saturday. It's "unlikely" he begins the season in the starting rotation, reports John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer UPDATE: Now Fay tweets that pitching coach Bryan Price said, "if this was the playoffs, he wouldn't have said anything. But this time of year, we're being ultra-cautious." So maybe Cueto will be fine by the start of the season after all.

On the bright side for the Reds, they aren't starving for starting pitching depth. If Cueto went down for any amount of time, Homer Bailey, Travis Wood and Mike Leake could round things out behind Edinson Volquez and Bronson Arroyo. The three combined to make 58 starts last season, which each having at least 17.

Wood pitched in the other split-squad game for the Reds Saturday, against the Diamondbacks, so he would make sense to slide into the No. 3 spot in the rotation -- should Cueto be injured.

Cueto, 25, was 12-7 with a 3.64 ERA and 1.28 WHIP last season.

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