Found October 07, 2012 on MLB Injury News:
The Cincinnati Reds were dealt a tough blow to start their playoff run last night. After recording one out, Johnny Cueto had to be removed from the game after experiencing back spasms. After throwing two pitches to the second batter of the game, Marco Scutaro, Dusty Baker and the Reds' trainer jogged out to the mound to check on Cueto. After a few moments, he was lifted for reliever Sam LeCure.

According to Scott Miller of CBS Sports, Cueto's injury does not appear to be serious.

Cueto: back spasms. Day-to-day. That's per Reds via press box announcement
— Scott Miller (@ScottMCBS) October 7, 2012
Cueto was by far the Reds' best pitcher this season. In fact, he may very well find himself in the National League Cy Young discussion. Cueto posted a 19-9 record this year with a sparkling 2.78 ERA. He threw over 200 innings for the first time in his career and struck out a career-high 170 batters. Surprisingly, Cueto was not added to the National League All-Star team earlier this summer sparking some controversy as the NL's manager was former-Cardinals (and rival) manager Tony LaRussa.

The Reds rode Cueto and the rest of their staff to 97 wins this season and the National League Central championship. Having Cueto go down so early in Game One of the Division Series makes for a difficult situation for Cincinnati. They had to use their bullpen earlier than they expected, and they went to starter Matt Latos for a good chunk of the game. Since Cueto pitched less than an inning, if the back spasms clear up he should be able to pitch again in this series.

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