MLB notebook: Royals acquire Cueto from Reds

The Cincinnati Reds traded ace Johnny Cueto to the Kansas City Royals, the teams confirmed Sunday. The Reds obtained left-handers Brandon Finnegan, John Lamb and Cody Reed in exchange for Cueto and cash considerations. The deal was announced duri...

The Cincinnati Reds traded ace Johnny Cueto to the Kansas City Royals, the teams confirmed Sunday.
The Reds obtained left-handers Brandon Finnegan, John Lamb and Cody Reed in exchange for Cueto and cash considerations.
The deal was announced during the third inning of Sunday’s Houston Astros-Royals game.
“I’m very thankful to my teammates, my fans and my coaching staff,” Cueto said Sunday. “It’s a very emotional time for me. But I understand it’s part of the game. I’m just excited about my next step.
“(The Royals) do have a great team. I’m excited about my next chapter. I know they play baseball very good. I’m excited because I know it’s going to be good for my career and good for the team.”
Cueto is 7-6 with a 2.62 ERA this season, with 120 strikeouts in 19 starts. He made the All-Star team for the second straight year.
On Saturday night, the right-hander pitched eight shutout innings in a 4-0 win against the Rockies, limiting them to four singles before being lifted for a pinch hitter in the ninth.
Cueto finished second in Cy Young Award voting last year after going 20-9 with a 2.25 ERA.
Finnegan, 22, was the Royals’ top pick in last year’s draft. He is 3-0 with a 2.96 ERA over 24 1/3 innings in 14 games out of the Kansas City bullpen this season.
Lamb, 25, is 9-1 with a 2.67 ERA in 17 starts for Triple-A Omaha and Reed, 22, has a 2.53 ERA in 18 appearances (15 starts) between Class A and Double-A this season.

  • r Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander Zack Greinke had his scoreless innings streak ended at 45 2/3 innings during the third inning Sunday against the New York Mets.

The streak was the fourth-longest in baseball history and 13 1/3 shy of Orel Hershiser’s record of 59 scoreless innings Aug. 30-Sept, 28, 1988. It also was behind scoreless streaks of 58 by Hall of Famers Don Drysdale and 47 by Bob Gibson in 1968, which is regarded as the year of the pitcher. Greinke was reinstated from the paternity list to start Sunday’s game. He was scheduled to start Friday night in New York but returned Thursday morning to Los Angeles, where wife Emily delivered their first child, son Bode Nicholas. Greinke (9-2) led the majors with a 1.30 ERA going into Sunday’s game.
The Dodgers also recalled right-hander Yimi Garcia from Triple-A Oklahoma City. Garcia is 3-2 with a 4.10 ERA over 37 1/3 innings in 40 games in the majors this season.

  • Tampa Bay Rays left-hander Drew Smyly was scheduled to make his first rehab appearance Sunday night for Triple-A Durham. He has been out since May 5 with a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder.

Shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera will open a rehab assignment at Class A Charlotte as he works to return from a groin injury.

  • Cleveland Indians outfielder/first baseman Nick Swisher, who has made two rehab appearances at Double-A Akron, is scheduled to make two more, Sunday and Monday.

Swisher has been on the disabled list since June 14 with left knee inflammation.

  • Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Scott Van Slyke injured his neck Saturday in a New York City cab when the driver slammed his brakes, but manager Don Mattingly said he was feeling better Sunday.
  • St. Louis Cardinals left-hander Jaime Garcia (groin) is penciled in to come off the 15-day disabled list and start Tuesday night against Cincinnati.

Right-hander John Lackey will move back a night to Wednesday.


  • Milwaukee Brewers shortstop Jean Segura was a late scratch from the starting lineup because of a sore throat, manager Craig Counsell said.
  • Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Welington Castillo was held out of the lineup after being struck in the left elbow by a pitch Saturday.

Castillo is expected to be available Monday, manager Chip Hale said.

  • San Diego Padres outfielder/first baseman Wil Myers suffered what is hoped to be a minor setback in his rehab from June 18 surgery to remove a bone spur from his left wrist.

Myers swung a light bat for the first time Saturday and reported soreness in the wrist afterward. He will fly to Arizona Monday to be examined by Dr. Don Sheridan, the doctor who performed the surgery. Right-hander Brandon Morrow felt fine after his 40-pitch rehab with Triple-A El Paso Saturday night and is scheduled to throw four innings or 60 pitches Thursday.

  • Colorado Rockies right-hander Brooks Brown (right shoulder inflammation) is scheduled to throw 25 pitches and face hitters Monday at Triple-A Albuquerque and then make three rehab appearances for that team, starting Thursday.
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