Cueto nearly ready, Arredondo improving

Cueto nearly ready, Arredondo improving

MILWAUKEE -- It appears that Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto (right biceps/triceps irritation) will have one more rehab-assignment start before he comes off the disabled list.

The Reds were pleased with the reports from Cueto's latest start. On Tuesday for Triple-A Louisville, Cueto pitched 4 2/3 scoreless innings with three hits, no walks and three strikeouts. He threw 83 pitches, 55 for strikes.

"He was able to combine the arm strength with good pitch quality," Reds pitching coach Bryan Price said. "We'll hope for one more outing where we'll get his pitch count closer to 100 and hopefully get himself into that sixth or seventh inning. That would be a really good sign. It's not imperative, but it would be a bonus, if he could get himself to the sixth or seventh inning."

Meanwhile, reliever Jose Arredondo (Tommy John surgery in 2010) is making progress on his rehab assignment. Arredondo was transferred from Double-A Carolina to Louisville. In six appearances for Carolina, he had a 2.35 ERA with four walks and 11 strikeouts over 7 2/3 innings.

During Spring Training, Arredondo had issues with arm strength and trouble throwing his breaking ball and split-fingered fastball for strikes.

"From the reports I'm getting, all of that stuff is getting a lot better," Price said. "The arm strength is more consistent and the breaking ball and split have been much, much better -- what we expected from him when we got him."