Maybe by minors he meant a couple starts against little leaguers?
I've seen the reports of Cueto simplifying his wind-up... but the only time they've shown any video on TV, Cueto has been working out of the stretch.
Please tell me that those who are reporting on this know the difference. I'm a fairly thorough viewer of Reds games, but might have missed some footage on pregame shows or some such. Can anyone help inform us more clearly on what Cueto has really done with regards to the Tiant wind-up? Axed it? Slight modification? Nothing, because all we've seen is his stretch move?
FWIW, I'd be fine if he's only working out of the stretch right now, with the plan of activating him as a reliever. A man who can throw 30 pitches on September 8 is unlikely to be ready to throw 100 pitches on October 8... but man alive: imagine if his pitch count replaces Logan Ondrusek's in a hypothetical NLDS game.
I'll take it.
If the Reds make it to an actual playoff series, I have to think its possible Cueto could get a start. He has almost a full month to get his endurance back up.
Now, you have to monitor him between now and then, and avoid setbacks, but if he is throwing well, I'd start him (and you have Cingrani available to put out a fire).
cueto will start a game again this year .. either against the astros cubs or mets
23 Years and Counting...
I know the minors are done for the year so no rehab starts. He's got a little under 4 weeks to get ready for a start in the NLDS (if he is healthy, which is my assumption for this thought). Shoot for that, and if it doesn't work out, fine.
Regarding minor league rehab, why don't major league teams keep their low level rookie seasons going through the third week in September? Their training facilities are open anyway. No one would attend, but then, no one attends those games anyway. It seems to me that the cost would be minimal.
Doing this would provide rehab opportunities for teams in the playoff hunt and could also be used to keep several borderline call ups active in the event of injury to a ML roster player in the closing weeks. Better to have those players swinging a bat than sitting on the bench in the majors. They could still get their call up the last week or two anyway.
In a typical year, about half the ML teams still have a shot at the playoffs until mid-September. For those that don't, there are still plenty of rookie level players to get in a little more work.