Oct 6, 2012; San Francisco, CA, USA; Cueto pitches the ball against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning of game one of the 2012 NLDS. (Photo: Kelley L Cox - USA TODAY Sports)

Cueto to Start Tonight for Dayton

Johnny Cueto is pitching tonight. In the first of what could be at least a couple of rehab starts, Cueto will take the hill this evening for the Dayton Dragons.

The start will mark a return to the mound for the Reds ace since hitting the disabled list with a lat injury. Cueto was originally scheduled a rehab assignment start last Friday night for Pensacola, but during an exam, there was soreness in the same oblique which forced him from Game 1 of last year’s NLDS. Cueto threw a 25-pitch bullpen session on Monday and there were no ill effects from the session.

Mark Sheldon also reports that on Wednesday, Cueto was playing catch with Miguel Cairo and appeared to throw the ball with a nice and easy motion.

If you are in the Dayton area, the game can be seen over the air on WHIO digital channel 7.2 or if you have Time Warner Cable, on channels 372 and basic cable channel 23 will televise the game. Also, if you are a subscriber to MiLB.tv, you will be able to catch Cueto’s return to the mound.

And in anticipation of Cueto’s arrival…

Cueto will have a tough act to follow after Cincy’s 2011 #1 pick Robert Stephenson pitched well last night in a Dragons 11-4 victory. Stephenson surrendered only three hits over six innings of work and also struck out nine Lansing Lugnuts batters.

If you have the opportunity to go to Fifth Third Field to catch a Dragons game, go! Just a piece of advice. If you’re out in the left center field area by the Dragons Lair and concession stand, take earplugs. When a Dragon player hits a home run, that horn is loud.

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