It appears that Johnny Cueto is in trouble once again, and the Cincinnati Reds will have to deal with their top starting pitcher potentially being out due to injury.

UPDATE: Saturday, June 29, at 5:24 p.m. ET by Kyle Vassalo

John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer provides the update Reds fans have been dreading:

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UPDATE: Friday, June 28, at 9:38 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

The Reds announced Cueto’s specific injury via Twitter:

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According to Mark Sheldon, the Reds beat reporter for, Cueto was injured for the third time this year after only one inning of work against the Texas Rangers on Friday.

Cueto has had a tough season battling injuries.  He has on the disabled list from April 15 to May 19 with a strained muscle in his right shoulder to start the season.  He came back to pitch a couple of outings but was then put back on the DL on June 6.

In his nine games he’s started for the Reds, Cueto has gone 4-1 with a 3.33 ERA and a WHIP of only 1.07.  However, in his two games back from the most recent DL, he went 1-1 with a 6.97 ERA.

The Reds certainly needed all of the help they could get at this point, and losing Cueto once again won’t help.  Despite a solid 45-34 record before this most recent injury to Cueto, they are still only third in the NL Central.

The pitching staff has been doing solid without Cueto, however, boasting a team ERA of only 3.52, the fourth-best mark in the National League.  Their opposing batting average of .241 is also second best in the NL, next to the Pittsburgh Pirates at .226.

It will be interesting to see how this plays out for the Reds later on in the season, but there’s one thing that’s certain: Yet another injury to Cueto is bad news for the Reds.

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