Johnny Cueto has “shoulder inflammation” and now it’s official: he’ll start the season on the disabled list:

Johnny Cueto’s problem, it turns out, is not from anywhere near where he felt pain: He has shoulder inflammation.

Cueto, a 25-year-old right-hander, left his start on Saturday, complaining of pain in the biceps. He left his previous start, complaining of stiffness in his forearm. …

The Reds are thinking Cueto will have to refrain from throwing for a week to 10 days. Cueto will remain in Goodyear when the team breaks camp and will start the year on the disabled list.

I look forward to finding out what’s really wrong with Cueto. I don’t believe for one moment that it’s just “shoulder inflammation.”

Meanwhile, Bronson Arroyo has the worst case of the flu in the history of mankind, causing him to miss starts and requiring that he be pushed back in the rotation. Homer Bailey will now make the second start of the season, and Arroyo is scheduled to pitch after that.

I’m starting to get worried about this pitching rotation. Strange things are afoot at the Circle-K.