CINCINNATI, OH - APRIL 7: Johnny Cueto #47 of the Cincinnati Reds pitches against the Washington Nationals at Great American Ball Park on April 7, 2013 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Reds ace Johnny Cueto to return to rotation Monday against the New York Mets

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CINCINNATI – Johnny Cueto will return to the Reds' starting rotation Monday after a strong showing in his second rehab start.

Barring setback, the Reds' ace will return from an upper-arm strain for a road matchup against the New York Mets.

Cueto, who went on the disabled list April 15, made his second minor-league rehab start Tuesday. He allowed three hits and struck out four over five shutout innings for the Single-A Dayton Dragons.

The right-hander's return means the team will need to make room in the rotation. He will mostly likely replace either left-hander Tony Cingrani or righty Mike Leake, who was originally scheduled to pitch Monday.

Cingrani has looked sharp while filling in for Cueto. The 23-year-old, who is ranked at the team's No. 3 prospect , and has gone 2-0 with a 2.89 ERA in five starts since being called up to the majors.

A timetable for when the decision will be made has not been released.

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