Cueto to make Reds' first start after break

Cueto to make Reds' first start after break

Cueto to make Reds' first start after break
MILWAUKEE -- Reds manager Dusty Baker announced Sunday that right-hander Johnny Cueto will pitch the first game after the All-Star break.

The Reds continue divisional play against the Cardinals after the break, and Baker said he's still unsure what the rotation will look like after Cueto. Cueto's performance Saturday night wasn't his best of the year, and Baker said the pitcher had "the least amount of stuff he's had the whole year."

"A good pitcher can get out of trouble twice maybe, a very good pitcher two or three times, but after that, you're asking for trouble," Baker said.

Cueto pitched 6 1/3 innings Saturday, and his success against the Cardinals in his last outing had Baker excited. Cueto threw eight innings against the Cardinals on July 4 and surrendered one earned run but took the loss.

Baker said the rest of his rotation will be figured out during the break, though he doesn't want to give Bronson Arroyo too much time off. Arroyo said he hasn't welcomed extra rest in the past, but the 34-year-old said he'll be OK with the extra time.

"These days it's getting harder and harder to keep your body feeling good," Arroyo said. "I'm getting a little bit older and having a lot of innings on my arm, so I welcome the extra days and work out in the weight room and try to get a little stronger."

Arroyo called his first half of the season "a bit of a struggle" as he went 7-7 with a 5.58 ERA. He had a no-decision his last time out against the Cardinals and his last win came on June 25 against the Orioles.

"I'm happy that seven wins isn't terrible and I feel like I'm on pace to win 14, 15 games for the ballclub, but it's definitely been an up-and-down year for me physically," he said. "I've gone out there sometimes and been suffering so hard to have decent stuff just to compete, and then other days I feel great, so it's been inconsistent."