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Johnny Cueto on DL with strain

Updated: April 16, 2013, 12:54 AM ET
Associated Press

CINCINNATI -- The Reds have lost top starter Johnny Cueto for at least a few weeks because of a strained muscle in his back, the third significant injury for the defending NL Central champions in the season's opening weeks.

Cueto went on the 15-day disabled list on Monday. The Reds called up right-handed reliever Justin Freeman from Triple-A Louisville, a boost to their often-used bullpen.

The Reds are likely to call up left-hander Tony Cingrani to start in Cueto's spot on Thursday.

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