If Reds manager Dusty Baker gets his way, Johnny Cueto will not be throwing in the World Baseball Classic.
Asked if he wanted Cueto to participate in the WBC, Baker hesitated and said: "Well, not especially. I can understand the pressure that comes from being from Latin America. There's more national pride there than anywhere I've ever seen.
"I played in Mexico, Puerto Rico and Venezuela. I know the pressures that come from being there."
Cueto and Edinson Volquez both pitched for the Dominican in 2009 and both spent part of that year on the disabled list.
"We have spring training for a reason, where guys go two, four, five, five, seven (innings)," Baker said. "Most of them endurance-wise can't go more than seven innings (out of spring training). That's why the bullpens are so important early.
"Those guys are going to try to do more if the game's close. Imagine a 0-0 game or 1-0 against Venezuela and you go take him out. He's not going to come out and I don't blame him."
Major League Baseball has a system set up to decide whether a player is allowed to participate in the situations like this. The Reds would likely win the hearing because Cueto ended last season with an injury.
BAILEY TALKS: Homer Bailey and the Reds continue to try to work out a deal to avoid arbitration.
"It's a slow process," Bailey said.
Bailey's hearing is scheduled for Monday.
The Reds have settled with their other arbitration-eligible players. They signed Logan Ondrusek and Mat Latos to two-year deals and signed Mike Leake, Chris Heisey, Shin-Soo Choo and Alfredo Simon to one-year deals.
Baker wants Cueto to skip WBC
Cincinnati Enquirer | Feb 14