Bryan Price told reporters that the Reds may face a conundrum with Johnny Cueto.
The 19-game winner from a year ago still isn't throwing due to soreness. With 51 games left in the season, the Reds may not have enough time to build Cueto back into shape to start games.
"If Johnny is going to be a starter, it is going to take longer to get him back," Price said Sunday. "We haven't discussed it as an organization but It would depend on how we want to utilize him. If we decide to use him out of the bullpen, he could be back sooner. We are going to get to a point where he could throw but it would be different if he was going to be a starter or pitch out of the bullpen."
The Reds will make an assessment once Cueto is pain-free and is able to start a throwing program.
"Any rotation is better with Johnny in it but the other question is if we feel it's in his best interest for staying healthy this year. Having him a starter would be a real plus for us as a playoff team. It's not a conundrum but it is something we have to discuss," Price said.
The rate at which Cueto recovers is a determining factor but the Reds' needs will be part of the decision.
"It depends number one our need," Price said. "We will wait until he starts throwing to make a determination."
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