Sep 23, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Johnny Cueto (47) pitches during the first inning against the New York Mets at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports

Johnny Cueto tabbed as Reds Opening Day starter

After being plagued by injury for most of last season, the Reds’ ace looks to get back on track. Opening Day seems to be a good time to do that.

There had been discussion as to whether Cueto or Homer Bailey would start the opener against the Cardinals on March 31st, but Bailey has been dealing with a mild groin strain, and Cueto has looked healthy during Spring Training. They have officially named Cueto to go head-to-head with Adam Wainwright of the Cardinals. MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon says that Tony Cingrani will start game two, Homer Bailey in game three, and Mike Leake will start the fourth game. The fifth starter will be skipped to get Cueto in game five on regular rest.

Cueto pitched in only 11 games last season, suffering largely from a strained oblique muscle that may have started in the playoffs of the year prior. He was able to pitch in the Wild Card game against the Pirates in 2013, but had to leave that game after aggravating the muscle.

In 2012, Cueto finished fourth in the NL Cy Young vote, going 19-9 in 33 starts with a 2.78 ERA in 217 innings pitched.

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