Johnny Cueto has shoulder inflammation; will be shut down for 7-10 days

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Johnny Cueto left his start Saturday after just one inning because he was suffering from biceps stiffness. The Reds flew Cueto to Cincinnati yesterday for an arm exam this morning with team doctors.  The verdict: “shoulder inflammation,” which seems more like a symptom than a malady, but what do I know? The upshot

: he’ll be shut down for a week to ten days and then begin a throwing program.

This almost certainly knocks him out of his first start of the year. That is, unless his “throwing program” is two days long or something.  He could probably use time on the shelf, though, as he had some forearm tightness about ten days ago too.  Something ain’t right in Cueto’s arm.

Report: Athletics to acquire Stephen Piscotty from the Cardinals

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Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Athletics and Cardinals have agreed on a trade involving outfielder Stephen Piscotty. The Cardinals will receive two as yet unknown minor leaguers in return.

Piscotty, 26, hit .235/.342/.367 with nine home runs and 39 RBI in 401 plate appearances for the Cardinals this past season. He dealt with injuries and with his mother’s ALS diagnosis, so it was a rough year, but very excusably so. The Cardinals had signed him to a six-year, $33.5 million contract extension in March. He’s under contract through 2022 at a total of $29.5 million and has a club option for 2023 worth $15 million with a $1 million buyout.

The Cardinals had an outfield spot open up after agreeing to acquire Marcell Ozuna from the Marlins on Wednesday so the Piscotty trade doesn’t come as a surprise.