Reds ace Johnny Cueto does indeed have another strained right lat muscle — the muscle near the bottom of his shoulder. It was confirmed during an ultrasound test performed in Cincinnati on Saturday.
“It’s in the almost identical spot on the scan, over basically the scar tissue that had built up over that muscle,” head trainer Paul Lessard said on Sunday. “It’s a small, tiny tear that was healing. He just picked that scab basically.”
Cueto will be shut down from throwing for at least a couple of weeks. There is no timetable for a return yet. This is Cueto’s third trip to the disabled list with essentially the same injury.
“We’ll probably go a little slower this time,” Lessard said. “It’s probably going to be an issue the rest of the season. We’ll have to take some more time. Hopefully the scans show it healing over before we start a throwing program.”