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Johnny Cueto leaves start with forearm tightness

Mar 11, 2011, 8:40 PM EDT

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Johnny Cueto was originally scheduled to throw four innings against the Rangers this afternoon, but he was pulled from his start after just two innings due to forearm tightness.

It’s easy for your imagination to run wild when a pitcher comes down with forearm tightness, but Reds head trainer Paul Lessard told Mark Sheldon of that Cueto exited the game for precautionary reasons.

“He had tightness in his mid-forearm, not the elbow, which is good. Rather than keep sending him out there, we set him down so it doesn’t turn into anything. It was more precautionary than anything else.”

The injury isn’t believed to be serious, but Cueto will be checked out by Reds medical director Dr. Tim Kremchek tomorrow.

Cueto, 25, is 32-32 with a 4.27 ERA over his first 92 major league starts, including a career-best 12 wins and 3.64 ERA last season. The Reds and Cueto avoided arbitration in January by agreeing to a four-year, $27 million contract with a club option for 2015.

  1. PanchoHerreraFanClub - Mar 11, 2011 at 11:51 PM

    His forearm was stiff because he was “trapped like a rat” on the pitching mound. It is the beginning of Cueto picking the Reds pockets for the next four year.

  2. stiefert - Mar 12, 2011 at 2:55 PM

    I’m still mad at him for ending Jason LaRue’s career. Not wishing injury on anyone, but won’t be sad if he’s in a little pain.

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