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Johnny Cueto departs Game 1 of NLDS due to back spasms

Oct 6, 2012, 10:04 PM EDT

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Brutal development for the Reds out in San Fran.

Staff ace Johnny Cueto was lifted from Saturday night’s NLDS Game 1 against the Giants just eight pitches in after appearing to tweak his side or back on a delivery to No. 2 hitter Marco Scutaro.

Cueto immediately hunched over after the toss and walked off the field alongside two trainers without making much of an argument. It’s safe to wonder whether he’s done for the rest of the postseason.

Sam LeCure, who posted a 3.14 ERA in 57 1/3 regular-season innings, took the mound in his place.

Cueto had a 2.78 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 170/49 K/BB ratio in 33 starts this year for the NL Central champs.

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UPDATE, 10:14 PM: Cueto has been diagnosed with back spasms and is merely listed as day-to-day. Considering how bad the situation looked initially, this seems like promising news for the Reds.

  1. okwhitefalcon - Oct 6, 2012 at 10:12 PM

    It seems as though Jason Larue’s head finally cleared enough to stick a pin in his Queto voodoo doll.

    • baccards - Oct 6, 2012 at 10:20 PM

      Was signing in to say the same – hard to feel bad for Cueto

  2. watchfullhose - Oct 6, 2012 at 10:14 PM

    Real classy, fan.

  3. johnnyb1976 - Oct 6, 2012 at 10:18 PM

    And the giants fans were cheering this. Classless bunch.

    • kkolchak - Oct 6, 2012 at 10:25 PM

      Classless, thy name is Cueto. And I’m not a Giants fan.

    • Marty - Oct 7, 2012 at 12:34 AM

      Sounded like a good luck salutation to me. And about 1000 people were involved.

      Regardless, classier than planting a foot on someone’s head.

      • Old Gator - Oct 7, 2012 at 11:39 AM

        “Planting” is a pretty benign term for what that neanderthal slug did to Larue. See if you can find the video again, and keep it handy for anytime you get a walnut stuck in your throat. It’s cheaper than Ipecac.

  4. contraryguy - Oct 6, 2012 at 10:18 PM

    The LeCure Stache will baffle ‘em with BS until Latos is fully warmed up. Announcers talking of Cueto coming back for game 3, maybe a bit premature. The 2012 playoffs sure are full of surprises already, aren’t they?

  5. jm91rs - Oct 6, 2012 at 10:24 PM

    Anyone else feel about the same as when Palmer shredded his knee in the playoffs?

    • baccards - Oct 6, 2012 at 10:31 PM

      not unless he ended another players career with a kick to the head because he was “scared”

      • jm91rs - Oct 6, 2012 at 10:40 PM

        Wow, some people just can’t move on.

      • kkolchak - Oct 6, 2012 at 10:47 PM

        Nope, why should they? If some jerk ends another player’s career, I’ll root against the SOB and celebrate every misfortune that should befall him.

      • theman1932 - Oct 7, 2012 at 1:30 AM

        Why does everyone act like Cueto ended a star players career? LaRue was a washed up veteran with a low batting average at the end of his career. He rarely played anyways. Move on.

      • Old Gator - Oct 7, 2012 at 11:43 AM

        “theman,” that’s the lamest excuse for thug behavior I have yet to see on this board. He was washed up anyway, so what’s a little brain damage. I’d be happy to move on if someone returned the favor – mere fate will do; it doesn’t have to be another ballplayer. Cueto contaminates the mound and desecrates the playing field every time he steps out on it. The sooner this disgrace is removed from the field, the sooner we can all “move on.”

      • theman1932 - Oct 7, 2012 at 2:11 PM

        Old gator, you’re an idiot. You can’t like you would just sit there if a mob pinned you against a screen. In no way am I defending his actions. However, don’t act like LaRue was worth anything.

  6. contraryguy - Oct 6, 2012 at 10:25 PM

    btw, the Reds left 5th starter Mike Leake (a swiss-army knife kinda guy who can bat and run) off the roster for this series. The Reds only have 2 guys who can do the long/misc relief, LeCure and Simon, on this roster; so the move to Latos for this game was probably the best choice.

    • jm91rs - Oct 6, 2012 at 10:42 PM

      After this series can they adjust it if cueto is still hurt? Not that I want to see leake out there, he’s been frustrating

      • contraryguy - Oct 6, 2012 at 10:57 PM

        Leake is kinda like Arroyo, good for the first 4-5, but heaven forbid ya leave em out there too long. Right now it looks like the bats are doing the talking, with a couple of HR in the ‘pitchers park’. Still early, but fun to watch in any case. if Latos can finish tonight, the Reds are in pretty good shape.

      • jashton11 - Oct 7, 2012 at 9:19 AM

        Saw this explained last night. Because of the injury, they can replace Cueto with Leake now if they want to, but it would knock out Cueto for the NLCS, too.

  7. thatyankeedude - Oct 6, 2012 at 10:55 PM

    Everything happens for a reason reds fans. You never know, Cueto could save the day later in the series.

  8. watchfullhose - Oct 6, 2012 at 11:12 PM

    Kolchak…you sound like a swell person.

  9. randomfan999 - Oct 7, 2012 at 12:18 AM

    Jason LaRue’s career was over before he got kicked in the head by Johnny Cueto.

  10. johnnyb1976 - Oct 7, 2012 at 12:26 AM

    Chris carpenter is why LaRue got kicked in the head. Get it right cardinal fans

    • okwhitefalcon - Oct 7, 2012 at 12:42 AM

      Ah, revisionist history – you’re drunk, right?

      A little too much boozing in anticipation of the Reds first post season win in 17 years it seems.

      Party like it’s 1995!

      • Loose Changeup - Oct 7, 2012 at 4:26 AM

        Not exactly. I just watched the video, and you can see that LaRue was the guy in between Carpenter and Rolen when they got shoved back into the wall. Carpenter says something, Dusty Baker hollers at him, the ump points at him and Rolen runs them backwards. Starts in the MLB video at 1:00

        I’m sure Carpenter was just saying how much he was enjoying Cincinnati.

  11. johnnyb1976 - Oct 7, 2012 at 1:13 AM

    Ha ha! SCORE BOARD! Reds up 1-0. Seriously here’s to Adam Wainrights arm falling off if his shoulder for all you LaRue lovin cards fans.

    • okwhitefalcon - Oct 7, 2012 at 1:40 AM

      That 17 year build up must have been tough.

      Now pull your pants up, get a Kleenex and have a cigarette.

  12. footballchic777 - Oct 7, 2012 at 2:00 AM

    Got the win, and hopefully Cueto will be back. That’s really all that matters! GO REDS!!!!!

  13. tim1999 - Oct 7, 2012 at 7:46 AM

    Or could it be that Cueto could not handle the big stage and choked his way off the mound claiming he hurt his back??? Uh huh!!!!!!!

  14. chaseutley - Oct 7, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    Plus, he had a no-hitter going at the time.

  15. watchfullhose - Oct 7, 2012 at 1:53 PM

    Meh, at least he doesn’t constantly whine like a little bitch about how the baseballs are rubbed down or that every piece if soil on the mound isn’t to his exact specifications.

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