By Matt Snyder
The Cincinnati Reds with 40 percent of their expected rotation on the disabled list, in Johnny Cueto and Homer Bailey. They've started 3-0 after sweeping the Brewers and now the news gets even better, as both Cueto and Bailey are on track to return soon. Both are reportedly pain-free and feeling ready, it's just a matter of working them into major-league form.
"They're ready to go as far as arm strength," pitching coach Bryan Price said. "But this early in the season, you don't want to push it." (Cincinnati.com )
Cueto finished a 37-pitch bullpen Tuesday and will next throw two innings in a minor-league game.
Bailey threw long toss Tuesday and is targeting bullpens on Saturday and then again either Monday or Tuesday next week. The Reds have said he'll throw a minor-league game April 14.
Cueto, 25, was 12-7 with a 3.64 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 138 strikeouts in 185 2/3 innings last season.
Bailey, 24, was 4-3 with a 4.46 ERA and 100 strikeouts in 19 starts last year.
With both healthy and getting closer to their full potential, the Reds figure to have one of the better 1-5 rotations in the league.
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