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Johnny Cueto diagnosed with mild oblique strain, remains on Reds’ roster for now

Oct 9, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

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Johnny Cueto left his Game 1 start in the first inning with what was initially said to be back spasms, but the Reds have diagnosed him with a mild right oblique strain.

Not only do they remain undecided about removing Cueto from the playoff roster–which would make him ineligible to return before the World Series–the Reds still haven’t ruled out having him start Game 4 on Wednesday.

That seems awfully unlikely at the very least, but clearly the Reds want to avoid losing Cueto for a potential NLCS matchup if at all possible. And if they win tonight there won’t be a Game 4 and Cueto will have more time to rest.

“But if it’s unavoidable, then that’s something different,” manager Dusty Baker said, via Mark Sheldon of MLB.com “We’re weighing our options.” Baker also confirmed that if the Reds do remove Cueto from the NLDS roster Mike Leake would replace him.

  1. El Bravo - Oct 9, 2012 at 3:28 PM

    Johnny Quiznos.

  2. Nick C - Oct 9, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    Karma for the Kung Fu Coward.

  3. ptfu - Oct 9, 2012 at 9:35 PM

    Like the fella once said,
    Ain’t that a kick in the head?

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