The Reds will have a much better idea on how to go forward with Johnny Cueto when the team gets home Monday.

"Until you know what you're dealing with, you really can't say what the next step is for him," pitching coach Bryan Price said. "It kind of caught us off guard. We didn't know about the oblique until he was examined Thursday."

Cueto is on the disabled list with a strained right lat muscle. That injury had healed sufficiently enough that Cueto was scheduled to make a rehab start for Double-A Pensacola on Friday.

He was scratched when medical director Dr. Tim Kremchek discovered soreness in the right oblique. That's the same oblique that ended Cueto's outing in the National League Division Series.

Reds manager Dsuty Baker stressed that Cueto was dealing with "soreness, not pain." But the Reds tend to very cautious with oblique injuries because they can linger.

For now, Cueto is not throwing.

"He's continuing to get treatment," Price said.