Reds not fretting Cueto's All-Star availability

Reds not fretting Cueto's All-Star availability

SAN FRANCISCO -- If the Reds stay on the current pitching rotation setup, ace Johnny Cueto would start vs. the Pirates on July 13, the final game before the All-Star break. That would mean that Cueto could be unable to pitch in the All-Star Game on July 15. If he elected to be unavailable, he would still be recognized as an All-Star and go to the event even after Major League Baseball names a replacement pitcher.

Manager Bryan Price wasn't worried about whether Cueto -- the Major League leader in ERA and innings -- would miss out on pitching in his first All-Star Game if he worked the previous Sunday.

"What's important for us is for Johnny to be able to pitch when it's his turn to pitch and help us win games. That's the most important thing," Price said Saturday. "If you can accommodate both, that's great."

With an off-day coming up Thursday and a day-night doubleheader looming July 8 vs. the Cubs, the Reds could see their rotation affected. Cueto is currently scheduled to pitch one of the games vs. Chicago. Price hasn't determined who would start the second game, but it would likely be someone from Triple-A Louisville or Double-A Penscola called up for the outing.

"I'll be honest with you, I haven't looked at it," Price said. "We were hoping to have [injured lefty Tony] Cingrani available for the doubleheader. That looks unlikely. We're going to have to get creative on that doubleheader day, it looks like."

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.