Found October 10, 2012 on The Outside Corner:
Reds starting pitcher Johnny Cueto, who left Saturday's NL Division Series opener with the Giants after just eight pitches, won't be starting game four on Wednesday. Cueto's injury that caused him to leave Saturday's game, initially diagnosed as back spasms, is now described as a mild right oblique strain. Cincinnati now has an interesting decision to make regarding Wednesday's start. They can either start Mat Latos, who pitched four innings on Saturday, on three days rest, or they can activate Mike Leake and start him. The issue with starting Leake is that if he's activated, Cueto won't be able to come back onto the Reds active roster until the World Series, which is not a situation you want to be in with your ace. Latos didn't exactly labor in his 57 pitch, four inning outing in game one, but sending any starting pitcher to the hill on three days rest is a risky proposition. There's a gamble involved to starting either player. If you choose...

Reds Injury News: Johnny Cueto Unlikely for Game Three

After losing Johnny Cueto in the first inning of the Cincinnati Reds' playoff opener, the team hoped Cueto would be able to recover and pitch later in the Division Series if necessary. He still may be able to, but it doesn't look like he will go in Game Three. The Reds will move Homer Bailey up from his scheduled Game Four start to pitch in Game Three. According to...

Reds Injury News: Johnny Cueto, Mike Leake

The Cincinnati Reds have removed injured starting pitcher Johnny Cueto from their roster, replacing him with right-hander Mike Leake, reports John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer: #Reds confirm it is Leake. Cueto off roster. — John Fay (@johnfayman) October 10, 2012 Cueto sustained an oblique injury during his first appearance of the National League Division Series...

Oblique strain leaves Cueto's status uncertain

Johnny Cueto's postseason might be over after six pitches. Cueto, the Cincinnati Reds' ace right-hander, is dealing with a mild right oblique strain, team trainer Paul Lessard said Tuesday. It's uncertain when or if Cueto will be able to pitch again in the postseason. When Cueto left his start Saturday in the first inning of Game 1 of the National League Division...

Gut Check for Johnny Cueto

News concerning Cincinnati Reds ace Johnny Cueto went from bad to worse on Tuesday.According to a report from C. Trent Rosecrans of CBS Sports, Cueto suffered a mild oblique strain on Saturday night in game one of the National League Division Series.The injury occurred in the first inning after Cueto had only tossed eight pitches. The original report was that back spasms were the...

Reds still undecided on Cueto if there's Game 4

Johnny Cueto's bad back left the Cincinnati Reds unsure who would start Game 4 if their playoff against the San Francisco Giants goes that far. The Reds' 19-game winner had to leave the first inning of the divisional series opener Saturday because of back spasms. Mat Latos and the bullpen took over and pulled off a 5-2 win. The Reds took the first two games in San Francisco...

Reds replace Cueto on playoff roster

The Reds dropped injured ace Johnny Cueto from their divisionseries roster Wednesday, replacing him with right-hander Mike Leakea few hours before Game 4 against the San Francisco Giants.

Cueto out of action, Leake to start Game Four

CINCINNATI (AP) -- The Reds have dropped injured ace Johnny Cueto from their division series roster, replacing him with right-hander Mike Leake for Game 4 against the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday.Major League Baseball granted permission for the move at 11:30 a.m., less than five hours before the first pitch.Cueto pulled muscles in his side during the first inning of the series...

RLW Episode 28 – Two Down Nine More to Go

How many of you saw the Reds heading out west to start the 2012 Postseason and thought they’d win two games at AT&T Park? I know I didn’t. Especially with the way the offense was performing over the last 3 weeks of the season. Then Johnny Cueto lasts all of 8 pitches in Game 1. Yeah, 8! Still the Reds find themselves with a commanding lead as they head home Tuesday for Game...

Reds Drop Game 3

The Reds came home riding high on the verge of a sweep over the Giants in the NLDS. The injury to Johnny Cueto added importance to that for the opportunity to rest their rotation. Unfortunately it was not to be. Homer Bailey turned in a solid start but the opportunistic Giants took advantage of some lapses on defense to win 2-1 in ten innings and stave off elimination.

Two for the Road

The Reds got off to an alarming start in their series against the Giants when they lost Johnny Cueto in the first inning. Now they're heading home with a commanding 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series. Bronson Arroyo retired the first fourteen batters faced and threw seven scoreless innings in Game Two. Meanwhile their bats woke up in a big way in a 9-0 blowout.

NLDS Game 2: A good old fashioned butt whipping

Bronson Arroyo dominated the Giants thanks to his complete control of his over 9,000 pitches.After Johnny Cueto went down and Mat Latos saved the bullpen–and the season–from ruin in game 1, Bronson Arroyo started game 2. And I, like many, was happy to have that rested bullpen ready in case Bad-royo showed up. That concern was not necessary. Arroyo was perfect through 4 2/3, retiring...

Cardinals rally after short start

Last GameThe Reds had yesterday off to make the trip home, but there was still a game of some interest to the Reds happening. The Cardinals hosted the Nationals for game two of their series. The Cardinals do not have the home-field advantage and had squandered their first chance in front of the “best fans in baseball” so it was particularly urgent to them to get the second game...

Giants odds at 28 percent: Updated NLDS Odds

After an improbable win where the Giants offense took a play right out of the 2010 Padres playbook the Giants season continues to today. Since I last looked at the odds things have changed quite a bit, with Johnny Cueto out and Mike Leake brought into replace him. Today it is Leake vs. Barry Zito (another change) and if necessary it will be Mat Latos vs. Matt Cain tomorrow morning...

Win or Go Home

My how quickly things can change. Instead of closing out a sweep at home against the Giants the Reds are now looking to avoid elimination themselves in a decisive Game Five. Mike Leake was activated to replace injured Johnny Cueto and he was lifted in the fifth inning after allowing five runs in the 8-3 Giants' Game Four win.

Reds' Leake to start Game 4

The Cincinnati Reds have opted to start Mike Leake in Game 4 of the NLDS in place of an injured Johnny Cueto, according to ESPN's Bob Holtzman. Leake was selected over Mat Latos, because Latos had pitched four innings of relief in Game 1. Cueto left that start with after just eight pitches with what has been described as a mild right oblique strain. Because the team will...
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