Ã¢â‚¬Å“Johnny says his elbow feels good. His shoulder feels good,Ã¢â‚¬Â Baker said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“It seems like itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s in a spot in the muscle, he told me. Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ I saw him today before he left.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Baker, in his pre-game meeting with Reds beat reporters today, expressed irritation at talk that Cueto possibly might need Tommy John elbow surgery.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s in the bicep,Ã¢â‚¬Â Baker said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ And now weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve got to answer questions to things we donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know the answers to. We wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know until he goes back to see Dr. Kremchek.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Baker and pitching coach Bryan Price both said they do not believe CuetoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s situation is grave, but concerns are heightened with Opening Day set for March 31. Cueto was to pitch the seasonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s third game, but odds of that are slim.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Probably not Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ It set him back some, of course,Ã¢â‚¬Â Baker said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“At this point you donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t want a setback, but youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll take a setback versus something worse.
He also mentioned Dontrelle Willis when talking about the Reds depth….