Cueto headed to DL

The roster move isn’t official yet but expect to see pitcher Johnny Cueto placed on the 15-day disabled list on Friday and Micah Owings to be activated to take that night’s start vs. the Pirates at PNC Park.

Team medical director Dr. Tim Kremchek did not have Cueto take an MRI but diagnosed him with right shoulder inflammation.

“Johnny wasn’t happy about it, which is a good sign,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “He said it doesn’t hurt necessarily. We’re going to back him off for a couple of starts. He wants to pitch.”

Cueto is 8-10 with a 4.61 ERA in 24 starts with 136 2/3 innings pitched. He also pitched in Dominican winter ball and the World Baseball Classic. While his velocity has been OK, his location has been off and he’s complained about not being able to feel the ball come out of his hands.

In his latest start during Saturday’s 10-6 loss the Nationals, Cueto gave up seven earned runs and eight hits over 2 2/3 innings. His record is 0-6 with a 10.64 ERA over his last eight starts.

The DL move would be retroactive to Sunday, which would make him eligible to return on Aug. 31 — when the Reds will really need an extra pitcher. They have a day-night doubleheader vs. the Pirates.

In other injury news, 3B Scott Rolen (concussion) will meet Triple-A Louisville in Indianapolis on Thursday to start what’s expected to be a two-game rehab assignment. If all goes well, Rolen will meet the Reds in Pittsburgh on Saturday and be activated from the DL on Sunday.

“That would be considered the plan,” Rolen said Wednesday. “Hopefully things will go well there.”

On Tuesday, Rolen took full batting practice, fielded groundballs, threw across the diamond and ran on the treadmill at 80 percent intensity. The headaches that had bothered him have gone away.

“I don’t have any symptoms at this point,” Rolen said. “I did a lot yesterday and had no trouble.”

Reds lineup:

Stubbs 8
Janish 6
Votto 3
Phillips 4
Gomes 9
Balentien 7
Rosales 5
Hanigan 2
Arroyo 1

Update: The Brewers traded IF/OF Bill Hall to the Mariners today. Hall was DFA’d last week and the Reds had some interest in acquiring him.

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this could be next years opening day lineup… save for the pitcher who wont even be wearing a Reds jersey probably by the end of August

If it is next year’s lineup, I say play it till the season ends. The Reds need to work on next year, not a meaningless win or two now.

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