From Hal McCoy on the rumor that Johnny Cueto was hurt in yesterday’s game:

Cincinnati Reds general manager Walt Jocketty and manager Dusty Baker both say there is no foundation to a rumor that pitcher Johnny Cueto was injured pitching for the Dominican Republic Sunday in the World Baseball Classic.

The story stems from this…

An American League scout walked into Bright House Field’s media dining room Monday morning and quickly asked, “How’s Johnny Cueto?”

“He’s fine, why do you ask?”

“I heard he’s hurt,” said the scout. “How bad is it?”

Later in the article Jocketty said, “You’re going to have to quit listening to those scouts. They’re the biggest rumormongers around.”

Let’s hope that’s all this is.

12 Responses

  1. GregD

    Last year Bailey said/did something to piss off McCoy.

    This year it’s Cueto?

  2. BenL

    I think this all goes back to the WBC broadcast yesterday. The announcers thought they saw Cueto hurt, but I don’t think there was any real evidence of it on the field. At least I didn’t see any in the replay. He didn’t even take any practice throws before pitching to the next batter, and it looked like it was actually the first baseman who was hurt. I think it was just a misperception by the announcers.

  3. Phill

    GregD, isn’t it funny how last year every reporter was down on Homer Bailey and this year now that he isn’t treating the reporters like a jerk now everyone is writing high on him?

    I don’t want Cueto hurt whatsoever but if he were to be injured depending on the severity I wouldn’t be alarmed as far as it’d concern the 5 man rotation.

  4. Josh

    Off topic, but the Phillies have a pitcher named Bastardo. That is all.

  5. mhopp

    Bastardo…I guess the word has a different meaning in Spanish!

  6. crypticphrasing

    BenL is right. This goes back to Steve Phillips, doing ESPN color on the WBC game, almost insisting that Cueto turned his ankle on the bang-bang play at first base. But the replays didn’t show any injury situation, and Phillips quickly shut up about it, although he never retracted it.

  7. brublejr

    Listening to Phillips or Sutcliff is brutal. Neither one is good at all. I hope Cueto is well, and I am glad Mario is there.

  8. PoliKarpas

    According to ESPN … “Cincinnati pitcher Johnny Cueto ran on Monday and is expected to be fine after twisting his ankle Sunday while covering first base in the Dominican Republic’s 9-0 win over Panama in the World Baseball Classic. “That’s nothing — as long as it’s not his arm, he’ll be fine,” Baker said. “

  9. Chris

    This is what passes for sports journalism.

    One joker watches some other joker speculating on TV, then asks a third joker about it. Since Joker #3 has a daily column in quota to fill, this half-ass, completely uninformed question becomes a “rumor.” Said rumor is then denied by the people who know what the hell they’re talking about, yet Joker #3 prints it anyway.

    And they say bloggers are the irresponsible ones. Is this any different from the old “Patterson is dating Dusty’s daughter” bit?

  10. GregD

    And what makes it worse, Chris, is that the daily columns are losing readership, and have tried to mak up for it by giving all their writers blogs.

    An additional outlet that needs additional things to write about. And the writers seem to have loosened their standards because “it’s a blog” instead of treating it with the same scrutiny and professionalism they are supposed to be giving to their daily articles.