UPDATE: According to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer, Cueto has soreness in his elbow. Reds manager Bryan Price said he probably could have pitched tomorrow, but they didn’t want to take any chances.
12:29 p.m. ET: The Reds announced this morning that right-hander Johnny Cueto has been scratched from Sunday’s scheduled start against the Indians due to “general stiffness.” Raisel Iglesias will pitch in his place.
The team says that Cueto has been bothered by stiffness dating back to his last start on Tuesday, where he allowed three runs over seven innings in a loss to the Royals. They’ll have to hope that it’s nothing serious. In addition to being their ace, the impending free agent could net some nice prospects if they decide to sell going into the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. Plenty of teams figure to come calling if he’s healthy.
Cueto, 29, has posted a 3.03 ERA and 60/12 K/BB ratio in 65 1/3 innings this season.