Feb 22, 2013; Goodyear, AZ, USA; Cueto takes a batting stance in the dugout during the second inning against the Cleveland Indians at Goodyear Ballpark. (Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports)

Johnny Cueto Setback: Darn Oblique!

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So the folks in Pensacola were probably extremely excited to see a player from the Reds do a rehab outing. It’s kind of old hat in Dayton. Won’t happen tonight in Pensacola as Reds ace Johnny Cueto has been scratched from that assignment. It’s not known when it will happen.

According to Reds beat writer for MLB.com Mark Sheldon, the team was delivered the news yesterday that Cueto was experiencing some pain. Not from the lat muscle which put him on the disabled list, but from the oblique Cueto hurt during Game 1 of last year’s NLDS.

Coming off the heels of what was termed a good bullpen session, the hopes were that Cueto would start tonight in Pensacola and in about another five days for the Dayton Dragons. Needless to say, that plan has been moved back with Cueto to receive another exam on Monday.

This undoubtedly is bad for the team. Again, we all know of the good fortune the Reds had with its starting staff last season. Well, until that Game 1 of the NLDS, that is.

So the Reds will forge on with its current rotation of Mat Latos, Bronson Arroyo, Homer Bailey, Mike Leake and Tony Cingrani.

For now, the debate of Leake or Cingrani in the rotation takes a back seat.

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