After Ryan Vogelsong's ugly performance in Toronto on Wednesday night, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Vogelsong is not guaranteed to take his scheduled turn in the rotation on Monday. Vogelsong was hammered again and pitched only two innings, his shortest start with the Giants. Although Marco Scutaro and Angel Pagan committed errors that contributed mightily to Vogelsong's line - eight runs, three earned - the right-hander showed no signs of improvement and allowed four runs on homers by Adam Lind and J.P. Arencibia. Once again, Bochy and pitching coach Dave Righetti are faced with a difficult conversation and question: Should they pull Vogelsong and his 8.06 ERA from the rotation? The decision will be made in the next few days.
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.