The Cincinnati Reds have been a pretty good team all season long, and they are about to get even better. As the Reds trail the St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates by 2.5 games, they are about to get their ace, Johnny Cueto, back.
This season, Cueto has only pitched in nine games and his season has been interrupted by injuries numerous times. Cueto last pitched on June 28 against the Texas Rangers, and the last time he lasted more than five innings in a game was on June 16 against the Milwaukee Brewers.
Despite the injuries, Cueto can still provide a spark to the Reds. He probably won’t be inserted into the starting rotation as every starter is pitching really well right now. Cueto will likely be inserted into the bullpen. In the bullpen, he could be used to come in and pitch two or three innings under any circumstance.
He could be very effective in that role; it would be good for him because he’s still trying to get back into the swing of things, and he wouldn’t have to pitch too much. The Reds have not said when Cueto will return or anything like that, but pitching coach Bryan Price said he’s “real close.”
Real close could mean he’s two days away, or it could mean he’s two weeks away, who knows. No matter when Cueto returns or what his role will be, he will be able to help the Reds as they make a push for the NL Central crown.