Cueto slowly making progress

Cueto slowly making progress

Cueto slowly making progress
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Reds starter Johnny Cueto took a positive step Monday, but he has a few more to take before he fully gets back on track to be ready for the regular season.

Cueto played catch Monday at the team's Goodyear complex for the first time since he experienced forearm and biceps stiffness in his throwing arm that shut him down over the weekend.

Cueto came out of his Friday appearance against the Cubs a bit early when the condition emerged, and afterwards Dr. Timothy Kremcheck shut the right-hander down for a couple of days.

Reds trainer Paul Lessard said Cueto threw Monday and will throw some long-toss on Tuesday before hitting the mound for a side session Wednesday, as long as all goes well.