Originally written on The Outside Corner  |  Last updated 10/23/14
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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...
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