GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Johnny Cueto is set to start on opening day for the Cincinnati Reds for the third straight season.
First-year manager Bryan Price said Thursday that Cueto will pitch Monday at home against St. Louis.
Price had to sort through a series of minor injuries, including Cueto's tender right shoulder, before making the final determination. Cueto missed a turn this spring because of soreness.
Tony Cingrani will pitch the second game. He was the only starter in the rotation without an injury issue this spring.
Homer Bailey was skipped with a sore right groin and Mike Leake had slight pain in his abdomen. Either Bailey or Leake will start the third game.
Mat Latos will miss at least one start after minor elbow and knee surgery. Alfredo Simon will start the fifth game in New York against the Mets.
Brett Marshall is slowed by a strained tendon in his middle finger.