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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