Today the Cincinnati Reds released some disappointing news; their ace, Johnny Cueto, has been transferred from the 15-day Disabled List to the 60-day disabled list, and reliever Jonathon Broxton was placed on the 15-day disabled list. Broxton just recently returned from the DL.
It’s surprising that Cueto was placed on the 60-day DL; he just began throwing a couple of days ago, and many believed that he would return to the team soon. The Reds have not set a return date for Cueto, but 60-days would mean the season is over for him, a season where he was only able to pitch in nine games.
Even without their ace, the Reds’ starting rotation has been excellent all season. The rookie, Tony Cingrani, who has been Cueto’s replacement all season, is putting up stellar numbers and having a ton of success as a starter.
Broxton has pitched in 34 games this season, but like Cueto, his season is likely over. At some point in the next month or so, he will have to undergo, what could be, a season-ending surgery on his elbow.
The Reds will likely replace Broxton with Triple-A right-hander Nick Christiani, who is having a pretty good season down in Louisville.
All season long, the Reds have shown how good they can be, despite injuries. They have been one of the most banged-up teams in baseball this year, but they continue to succeed, and are in line for a playoff spot as a National League wildcard team.