Johnny Cueto tests lat muscle with 45-pitch bullpen session

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Johnny Cueto hasn’t pitched since April 13 due to a strained right lat muscle, but he could be days away from beginning a minor league rehab assignment.

Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports that Cueto had no issues during a 45-pitch bullpen session this afternoon. It was his second time throwing off a mound since he was placed on the disabled list.

“It was pretty good, no pain,” Cueto said. “I threw my breaking ball, everything.”

Good news for the Reds. It’s not clear what the next step will be, but Cueto told Sheldon that a minor league game is a possibility.

Tony Cingrani has thrived as Cueto’s replacement, compiling a 1.50 ERA and 28/4 K/BB ratio in 18 innings across his first three major league starts. Needless to say, Mike Leake’s rotation spot could soon be in jeopardy.