Cueto ready to return from suspension

Cueto ready to return from suspension

LOS ANGELES -- Reds starter Johnny Cueto's seven-game suspension for kicking Cardinals players during last week's melee in Cincinnati ends on Friday. Cueto will start on Saturday vs. the Dodgers on 10 days' rest.

"I feel strong. I worked out a lot -- running, everything," Cueto said.

Cueto's five-game win streak was snapped in the Aug. 10 game vs. St. Louis when he allowed five runs over 5 1/3 innings in an 11-3 loss. He is still 5-2 with a 1.99 ERA over his last 10 starts.

Cueto spent a late portion of last season on the disabled list with a sore arm and came back fresher. Reds manager Dusty Baker believes the layoff and Cueto's dedication to conditioning will help him for the stretch run.

"This guy trains, this guy runs," Baker said. "This year's success -- when you ask a kid to do something and express what benefits he may have from it and then has success from it -- it's easier for him to keep doing it. This guy runs the stairs. He runs and runs."