Cueto pushed back
The Reds revised their starting rotation with an announcement on Monday that Josh Smith will be called up from Triple-A Louisville to start Tuesday vs. the Pirates in place of ace Johnny Cueto. It will be Smith’s Major League debut.
Following Smith for the rest of the Pittsburgh series will be Mike Leake on Wednesday and Anthony DeSclafani on Thursday. Cueto will pitch Friday series opener vs. the Mets at Citi Field, followed by Michael Lorenzen and Smith. According to a team spokesperson, the change was made to give Cueto a couple of extra days of rest but it was not specified if he was dealing with a health issue.
Also, the club revealed that closer Aroldis Chapman is on paternity leave.