Cueto Close To Returning To Reds

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Johnny Cueto (oblique) had a strong rehab outing Tuesday night at Class-A Dayton and says he is "feeling ready" to return to the Reds rotation. Cueto threw five shutout innings and needed only 58 pitches to do it. His pitch count was so low that Cueto had to go back to the bullpen after his outing and throw an additional 23 pitches just to continue to increase his stamina. The Reds have not announced when Cueto will be activated from the disabled list, but it will be a surprise if he does not rejoin the them early next week. It was very encouraging that Cueto was able to use all his pitches Tuesday night and he hit 94 mph on the radar gun. It will be interesting to watch what roster move the Reds decide to make when they activate Cueto. Tony Cingrani has out-pitched Mike Leake. However, Cingrani is dealing with minor shoulder soreness and may need his next start delayed.

 MLB NEWS & NOTES

  • On Monday, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said that Brandon League was the Dodgers closer. However, after Adam LaRoche lined a single off of Clayton Kershaw's 132nd pitch Tuesday night, Mattingly turned to Kenley Jansen to get the Dodgers out of a jam and secure a much needed victory. League has been scored upon in six of his last seven appearances and he currently has a 6.28 ERA. Meanwhile, Jansen has a 2.24 ERA over 20 innings. It will not be surprising to see Mattingly make a switch soon.
  • Curtis Granderson was activated from the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday night and went 0-for-3 with a walk and he scored a run. It was good to see one of the big bats return to the Yankees lineup.
  • Clayton Kershaw was outstanding Tuesday night. He struck out 11 over 8 2/3 scoreless innings against the Nationals. His 132 pitches was a career high.
  • Coco Crisp (hamstring) expects to be activated from the disabled list on Wednesday. Crisp had a really good running session on Monday and feels good to return to the A's lineup.
  • Zack Greinke (collarbone) was activated from the disabled list by the Dodgers and will start tonight against the Nationals. To avoid this type of injury in the future, the Dodgers have encouraged Greinke to avoid collisions and diving.
  • Bryce Harper is considered day-to-day after he was diagnosed with a bruised left shoulder and left knee after x-rays came back negative.
  • Mike Trout hit his seventh home run on Tuesday night and stole his seventh base against the Royals. Trout's home run was one of four Angels homers on this night. Josh Hamilton, Howie Kendrick, and Albert Pujols each added solo shots that had serious distance.
  • Jered Weaver (elbow) is expected to need 2-3 rehab starts before rejoining the Angels' rotation. He threw an intense 60-pitch bullpen session on Tuesday and reported that he felt good.
  • Carlos Gonzalez hit two homers and racked up five hits as the Rockies beat the Cubs 9-4 on Tuesday. Both of Cargo's home runs were solo shots and he added a double and two singles.
  • John Gast earned his first major league victory in his first major league start. Gast allowed four earned runs over six innings but the Cardinals beat the Mets on Tuesday in St. Louis. Gast was pitching a shutout through five innings before the Mets put up four runs in the sixth. Gast may get one more start for the Cardinals while Jake Westbrook is on the disabled list, but don't look at Gast as a great fantasy option moving forward.