Johnny Cueto expected to return to Reds’ rotation Sunday

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Reds ace Johnny Cueto was scratched from a start last week after experiencing stiffness in his right elbow, but an MRI taken Tuesday afternoon came up clean and the hope is that he will be able to return to the starting rotation this Sunday for the club’s series finale against the visiting Nationals.

That would be 11 day of rest between starts for the 29-year-old right-hander. He has registered a 3.03 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, and 60/12 K/BB ratio in 65 1/3 innings this season for the Reds, who are in fourth place in the National League Central standings with a record of 19-27.

If he’s healthy, Cueto will be a massive trade chip this summer for Cincinnati.

He owns a 2.53 ERA (153 ERA+) in 742 2/3 innings since the beginning of the 2011 season.