Cueto begins throwing

Injured Reds ace Johnny Cueto (straight right lat muscle) wasn’t expected to begin a throwing program until getting the results of a MRI test on Friday. But things were apparently moved up because Cueto played catch on the field Wednesday under the supervision of head trainer Paul Lessard.

Cueto made 40 throws.

“I feel good,” Cueto said. “I didn’t feel bad. I didn’t feel nothing. I wanted to throw. They said OK.”

As basic and the early stages as it was, Cueto couldn’t contain a smile when talking about throwing again.

“I’m happy now,” Cueto said.

“Tossing is a long ways from being in the game,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “But Johnny told me he felt pretty good. Before, he used to feel it when he was running and doing a lot of things unrelated to pitching.”

Cueto has been on the disabled list since June 29 and it’s getting close to time running out before he could conceivably head out on a rehab assignment with Minor League seasons close to ending. There’s plenty to do before it even gets to that, however, and Baker wasn’t worried at this point.

“Right now, we’re just glad Johnny is throwing again,” Baker said. “We’ll get to that when we get to it.”

**UPDATE: Click here for a full Reds notebook item on Cueto, which includes comments from trainer Paul Lessard.

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