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Cueto feels 100 percent, hopes to throw soon

Cueto feels 100 percent, hopes to throw soon

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Cueto feels 100 percent, hopes to throw soon

CINCINNATI -- Three separate stints on the disabled list with a strained right lat muscle limited Reds ace Johnny Cueto to just 11 starts in 2013. Cueto feels confident that the nagging injury is behind him for good.

"I'm feeling 100 percent right now. I'm working hard," Cueto said.

Cueto has been working out five days a week at the Reds' Dominican Republic complex in Boca Chica, located about 35 minutes from his home. An offseason throwing program has yet to get underway, but could be close.

"I want to talk to [manager Bryan] Price about when I'm going to throw," Cueto said. "Maybe when I get back to the Dominican on Monday or Tuesday."

Cueto pitched three games at the end of the season, including a loss vs. the Pirates in the National League Wild Card Game. He would like to get some work in before going to Spring Training.

"I need to play winter ball," Cueto said. "I'm going to ask if it's OK."

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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