The last time Matt Garza took the mound against the Reds, tensions were high. On May 26 at Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati starter Johnny Cueto threw a pitch over the head of Cubs outfielder David DeJesus in the sixth inning. The pitch was believed to be in response to DeJesus stepping out of the batter's box multiple times in previous at-bats, and Garza voiced his displeasure with the move after the game, calling the Reds' ace "immature."
Garza will be back on the hill Tuesday against Cincinnati, but his counterpart from the last meeting will be missing. Back on the disabled list for the second time this year with a right shoulder strain, Cueto was scratched before his last scheduled start on Wednesday.
According to both managers, the incident was put to rest shortly after it happened.
"There's nothing to that whole situation," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said.
Like the last time Cueto was on the disabled list, Tony Cingrani will replace him on Tuesday at Wrigley Field. The 23-year-year-old left-hander performed admirably in Cueto's absence, going 2-0 with a 3.27 ERA in six starts. He faced the Cubs twice, giving up four earned runs on three hits on May 4 in Chicago.
Since going back to Triple-A Louisville in the middle of May, Cingrani has been trying to develop his secondary pitches.
"He's working on throwing everything, making a conscious effort," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "He's thrown the ball well. The kid's going to throw the ball well. It's just if he can get the other pitches over. The last time in here facing the Cubs, [Alfonso Soriano] roughed him up a little bit. I'm sure he knows that."
Garza, meanwhile, is still trying to settle in since coming off the disabled list and making his season debut on May 21. In four starts, he's gone 1-0 with a 4.03 ERA, most recently giving up four runs on seven hits in 6 1/3 innings against the Angels.
Reds: First-round Draft pick inks deal
It didn't take long for the Reds to reach terms with their 2013 first-round Draft pick, signing Samford outfielder Phillip Ervin to a deal with the exact pick value of $1,812,500.
Ervin -- the first outfielder taken by the Reds in the first round since Drew Stubbs in 2006 -- batted .337 with 11 homers, 40 RBIs, 58 runs scored and 21 stolen bases in 23 attempts this season. Those numbers gave the 27th overall pick All-Southern Conference honors for the second straight season.
Cubs: Sveum hesitant to sit Castro
Although Cubs manager Dale Sveum announced Saturday that he was considering giving Starlin Castro a day off as he works his way through a slump, the struggling shortstop was in the lineup for Monday's game against the Reds.
And for the first time in four games, Castro recorded a hit, doubling in a run in the bottom of the ninth in Monday's 6-2 loss. That was his only hit of the night, as he rides a 4-for-42 cold streak into Tuesday's game.
When asked why he hasn't sat Castro down for a game, Sveum said he "just can't pull the trigger on it." Castro said a day off wouldn't help.
"I know I'm pretty close to getting out of this," Castro said. "Sometimes, I think too much, but I just put in my mind to be strong to not think about that and just play baseball."
• The Reds have won seven of the last eight games against the Cubs. Dating back to last season, Cincinnati has taken 17 of 20 from Chicago.
• Cincinnati enters Tuesday with a club-record 10-game winning streak at Wrigley Field.
• The Cubs on their seven-game homestand against National League Central opponents have gone 1-3 against the Pirates and Reds thus far.
• Eight of the Cubs' last 12 games have been decided by four runs or more heading into Tuesday.