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Jeff Stotts

Jeff Stotts

Jeff Stotts works as a Certified Athletic Trainer (MAT, PES, LAT). He won the 2011 Best Fantasy Football Article in Print from the Fantasy Sports Trade Association.

Johnny Cueto

The Reds will send Cueto to the disabled list for the third time this season after he once again aggravated his previously strained latissimus dorsi muscle. The "lat" is a muscle located along the spine and shoulder that is involved in moving the shoulder and back in multiple directions. Lat strain diagnoses are common for pitchers with players like Cueto, Roy Halladay, Jake Peavy, and Stephen Strasburg all missing time in recent seasons with the ailment. Each individual injury, and the subsequent recovery, is dependent on the location of the injury and the resulting healing process.

In Cueto's case the location of the injury has been determined and isolated to the muscle belly of the lat. This is actually very good news. If a minor strain or more significant tear occurs in the muscle belly, individuals can anticipate a quicker and smoother recovery than if the tear was located in the tendon of the muscle. Tears in the muscle belly tend t

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