Found October 08, 2012 on MLB Injury News:
PLAYERS: Johnny Cueto
TEAMS: Cincinnati Reds
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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 Dayn Perry of CBS Sports, The Reds don't want to take a chance with Cueto even though he is feeling better. He experienced back spasms after recording just one out in Game One, but since his back is feeling better, Cueto may be available later in the series if necessary. Mat Latos was originally slated to pitch Game Three, but he came on in relief and tossed four innings.

Cueto has been the Reds best pitcher all season long. He finished the year with a 19-9 record and a 2.78 ERA. Cueto has a career 3.57 ERA and has always been a solid pitcher, but this season has been the best of his career.

Cincinnati took the opener despite losing Cueto. Then they followed it up and took Game Two. The Reds will head back to Cincinnati to prepare for Game Three on Tuesday. With the Giants on the ropes, the Reds hope Cueto's injury will not play a role in the Division Series and they can focus on getting him back healthy for the National League Championship Series.
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