National League All-Star manager Tony La Russa says he left Reds right-hander Johnny Cueto off the roster because Cueto is slated to be a "Sunday starter" and thus won't be amply rested before Tuesday's exhibition in Kansas City. As Trent Rosecrans has already pointed out, this is pretty flimsy logic on La Russa's part and leaves him open to charges that he's carrying a grudge.
Now the already thick plot is thickening further. John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Cueto's agent Bryce Dixon has already contacted the Players Association and that the filing of a formal grievance on behalf of Cueto is a distinct possibility. “I said, ‘I'm not one to complain about All-Star snubs, but what Tony said was the last straw,'” Dixon said. “Basically, (La Russa) messed up.”
Fay notes that Cueto stands to earn a $25,000 bonus if he makes the All-Star team. It's worth remembering, though, that normal attrition usually opens up multiple spots this year, so Cueto might eventually be added to the roster without having to appeal.
Considering that he ranks fourth in the NL in ERA and seventh in innings pitched, he certainly deserves to be in Kansas City.