The Cincinnati Reds’ ace still hasn’t thrown a pitch in over a month after landing on the disabled list, and there’s no time set to even begin a pitching session.
Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports that the Reds continue to watch Johnny Cueto as he recovers from a strained right lat muscle.
“He’s doing strengthening stuff and building up endurance through exercise, but not throwing,” Reds pitching coach Bryan Price said. “I think in his situation, there has to be a definite confidence amongst all medical and training staff that the injury itself is healed and that we can begin the throwing program without huge concern he’s going to re-injure it.”
Cueto landed on the DL on June 29th after leaving early against the Texas Rangers. He also missed time in late April and the first half of May and June. The right-hander has thrown in just nine games this season, and holds a 4-2 record with a 3.33 earned run average.
According to the report, Cueto didn’t join the team in their current West Coast swing, which ends tonight against the San Diego Padres.