Is it possible to function without a lat? If there is a means for a pitcher to do so, Johnny Cueto would gladly love to hear about it.
For the second time this season, the Reds ace finds himself on the disabled list due to a strained lat. The one and same that put him out of action for over a month earlier this season. There is a little different handle this time around.
Per John Fay, he was told by Reds skipper Dusty Baker that the injury isn’t as serious this time around. The team hopes Cueto will miss only 1-2 starts. Baker added that Cueto felt the injury after his last outing when he faced the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The Reds called up Pedro Villarreal to take Cueto’s start for tonight. If Cueto were to unfortunately miss extended time, I think the Reds brass could opt for Tony Cingrani instead of Villarreal. If it truly is 1-2 starts that Cueto will miss, Villarreal could be auditioning to cover that second start as well.
The main concern is that this lat issue obviously does not linger. There was chatter after Cueto came off the DL in May that he was considering changing some of his mechanics – including his Luis Tiant-like turn – in order to alleviate the chances of this occurring again.
Those changes may now be coming to light sooner rather than later.