News: Cueto (elbow) threw from up to 90 feet Wednesday and could return to the rotation Sunday, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Impact: Cueto said following Wednesday's session that he "was very comfortable" throwing, and he also added that he thinks he will be able to start Sunday against the Nationals. Cueto will likely throw at least once more on the side before the Reds make a final call on his status for the weekend, but it appears fantasy owners and Reds fans have rason for optimism.
News: Pena is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Rockies, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Impact: Pena will likely receive a normal day of rest Wednesday after five straight starts behind the plate. He's hit a bit of a rough patch at the dish recently, going just 3-for-21 in his last six games. Perhaps the day off will help him recharge, as Tucker Barnhart will sit behind the plate and bat seventh for the Reds on Wednesday.
News: Phillips (toe) is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Rockies, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Impact: Phillips aggravated his turf toe in his left foot recently and it will cause him to miss a minimum of two games including Wednesday. Skip Schumaker will receive the start in his place, batting leadoff for the Reds. The team has off Thursday, so a return to the lineup Friday isn't out of the question if his pain subsides.
News: Chapman walked one and struck out three in the ninth inning Tuesday to earn a win over the Rockies.
Impact: Chapman took the loss Monday, but bounced back nicely Tuesday, giving up just one hit in the ninth. He recorded all three outs by strikeout and still remains one of the best closers in the game.
News: Lorenzen scattered just two hits across seven innings against Colorado on Tuesday but did not earn a decision.
Impact: Lorenzen walked three and struck out three, giving up just one run in seven innings. He now holds an ERA of 3.12 and a WHIP of 1.42 with a 1-1 record. Lorenzen will get the Nationals at home in his next start, assuming that manager Bryan Price keeps him in the No. 5 slot of the rotation.
News: Phillips is out of Tuesday's lineup against the Rockies because he aggravated the turf toe he's been dealing with on his left foot, C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Impact: Phillips missed a game due to the same injury back on May 13, but this only marks the fifth time he's been out of the lineup all season. While there's been nothing to indicate he'll require an extended absence, turf toe often lingers for a long time, and there's thus some chance Phillips will miss more games down the road.
News: Cueto (elbow) will resume playing catch Wednesday, MLB.com's Mark Sheldon reports.
Impact: An MRI on Tuesday revealed no structural damage, and Cueto still hopes to start Saturday's game against the Nationals. There's been no indication of a serious issue, but owners may still want to keep an eye on the ace right-hander in the coming days.
News: Cueto (elbow) underwent an MRI on Tuesday and the results revealed no structural damage, C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Impact: Obviously, this is excellent news for the Reds, who remain hopeful that Cueto will not miss extended time. Manager Bryan Price indicated that Cueto could have pitched Sunday if need be, so the issue does not appear to be anything overly concerning. Barring a setback, Cueto is expected to return to the hill Saturday against Washington.
News: Phillips is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Rockies, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Impact: Phillips started each of the previous nine games, and this is only the fifth time all season he's been out of the lineup. While he only has two home runs, he's otherwise bounced back nicely from a disappointing 2014, sporting a .299/.337/.357 slash line, with 18 RBI, 18 runs and six stolen bases. Phillips makes for a decent sell-high candidate, but he is doing a better job of making contact, with his strikeout, swinging-strike and contact rates all showing significant improvement from the previous two seasons.
News: Cueto (elbow) is expected to have an MRI on Tuesday, Jon Morosi of FOX Sports reports.
Impact: Cueto's agent, Bryce Dixon, said the right-hander is still optimistic his injury isn't serious. Reds manager Bryan Price said Monday that Cueto is only expected to miss one start, adding that the ace could have pitched Sunday if needed. While the optimism from all corners is encouraging, it's still a bit concerning for owners that Cueto is getting an MRI. He's scheduled to face the Nationals on Saturday.
News: Cueto will miss at least one more start after an MRI found inflammation in his pitching elbow. Results on Tuesday showed no major damage in the right elbow. Cueto, who won 20 games last season, had to skip a scheduled start over the weekend because of stiffness.
Impact: Manager Bryan Price says Cueto will throw in the next few days and see how the elbow feels. If the stiffness is gone, he will have a bullpen session. The Reds would then consider when to let him start again.