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Johnny Cueto set to return from DL for Reds next week

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Johnny Cueto has been on the disabled list since April 15 because of a strained muscle in his upper right arm.

MIAMI (AP) Cincinnati Reds ace Johnny Cueto is on target to rejoin the rotation next week after making his second injury rehabilitation start.

The right-hander has been on the disabled list since April 15 because of a strained muscle in his upper right arm. Barring a setback, he'll likely start one of the Reds' games early next week against the New York Mets, manager Dusty Baker said Wednesday.

"It would be a big boost to get him back," Baker said. "He's one of the best in the league."

Cueto pitched five shutout innings Tuesday for Class-A Dayton against West Michigan and earned the victory. He threw 58 pitches, walked none and allowed three hits.

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