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.

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Bryce Harper Gives Nationals A Major Scare

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There was a scary moment at Dodgers Stadium last night as Bryce Harper crashed into the right field wall chasing after a ball hit by A.J. Ellis. Harper immediately dropped to the ground after hitting the wall. Harper laid on the warning track motionless for a few minutes before standing up on his own. Nationals manager Davey Johnson was concerned Harper had a concussion. Blood started to trickle down Harper’s neck, but the good news was that Harper did not have to be carried off the field on a stretcher. He had 11 stitches and no concussion, and walked off without assistance. Harper is off to a great start this season hitting .303 with 10 home runs and 21 RBI. The Nationals will be cautious with Harper, but let's hope he is not out too long.  

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