Johnny Cueto will don a Dayton Dragons uniform for the first time since 2006 on Thursday as he will make a rehab appearance for the Reds’ Class-A team against the Lansing Lugnuts at Fifth Third Field.

Cueto has been on the disabled list since April 15 with a strained right lat. He was scheduled to go on a rehab assignment last week, but he had soreness in his oblique, causing him to bump a start in Pensacola.

“I feel pretty good, but we’ll see tomorrow how I feel for the game,” Cueto said after the Reds’ loss to the Braves on Wednesday. “It’s a lot different in the bullpen than it is in the game. I need to throw in a game.”

Cueto left the April 13 game in Pittsburgh in the fifth inning with the lat issue. He’s 1-0 with a 2.60 ERA in three starts this season.

Cueto’s 2012 postseason was cut short by an oblique injury, but he said earlier this week the soreness he felt recently was nothing like the pain he felt last October.

The 27-year-old right-hander said that if all goes well, he expects to make two rehab appearances before before returning to the team.

“It’s very encouraging, I hope he does well,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “We’re not as worried about his performance as we are him coming out of it (healthy).”