Cincinnati Reds starter Johnny Cueto is on the disabled list for the third time this season because of issues with his right lat muscle.
The Reds put their opening day starter on the DL again Saturday, a day after he left the series opener at Texas because of tightness in his upper back. Cueto threw 29 pitches and came out one batter into the second inning on Friday.
“It’s very disheartening,” manager Dusty Baker said Saturday. “So close to being himself. It’s hard. I just hope we can come up with a solution.”
Cueto returned to Cincinnati on Saturday to be examined by Reds medical director Dr. Timothy Kremchek.
The Reds recalled right-hander Logan Ondrusek from Triple-A Louisville.
Cueto (4-2, 3.33 ERA) was on the disabled list from April 15 to May 19 with a strained right lat. He then missed the first half of June with what was called a strained right shoulder, though it was related to the lat problem.
D-BACKS ACTIVATE PUTZ
Closer J.J. Putz has been activated from the 15-day disabled list by the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Sidelined since May 7 by a strained right elbow, the former Mariners closer pitched four games during an injury rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Reno.
To make room for Putz on the active roster, reliever Zeke Spruill was optioned to the Triple-A club.
RAINES, BELL HONORED
Former outfielders Tim Raines and George Bell were inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame on Saturday along with Rob Ducey, Blue Jays broadcaster Tom Cheek, who died in 2005, and Nat Bailey, one-time owner of the Triple-A Vancouver Mounties who died in 1978.
Raines played 13 years with the Montreal Expos from 1979-1990 and is fifth on the career stolen base list with 808. He played 23 years with six teams including the Chicago White Sox, New York Yankees and Oakland Athletics.
Fellow outfielder Bell spent 12 seasons in the major leagues, from 1981-1993, with Toronto, the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago White Sox. He was voted the Americna League MVP while with the Blue Jays in 1987.
The Baltimore Orioles recalled right-hander Jair Jurrjens from Triple-A Norfolk and designated first baseman Travis Ishikawa, from Federal Way, for assignment. … The Boston Red Sox promoted infielder Jonathan Diaz and designated right-hander Clayton Mortensen for assignment. … The Cleveland Indians selected the contract ofr right-hander Joe Martinez and optioned right-hander Matt Langwell to Triple-A Columbus. … Colorado Rockies outfielder Dexter Fowler missed his fourth game in a row with a sore right hand. Rockies manager Walt Weiss said he won’t play Fowler during the series with the Giants in case the team has to put him on the 15-day disabled list. … San Francisco Giants right-hander Santiago Casilla will make a rehab start for Class-A San Jose on Sunday. Casilla had a bone cyst removed from his knee. … Tampa Bay Rays slugger Evan Longoria sat out Saturday and will be out of the lineup Sunday in games against the Detroit Tigers after irritating the plantar fasciitis in his foot on Friday. … The Chicago White Sox recalled pitcher Simon Castro from Triple-A Charlotte and returned infielder Brent Morel and optioned Brian Omogrosso to the team’s top minor league club.