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Mike Leake dealing with abdominal injury

Mar 2, 2014, 8:30 AM EDT

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Mike Leake was scheduled to make a start for the Reds this afternoon but he has been scratched due to an abdominal injury suffered during a workout roughly a month before the start of spring training, according to manager Bryan Price. Brett Marshall will start in Leake’s place.

Thankfully, it isn’t a serious injury. More, from MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon:

“It’s a little bit of a strain. It’s not causing any problem with his bullpens, with his lifting or any of his throwing stuff. He was out playing long toss before his last bullpen and he felt it a little bit.

“We’ve just been really cautious with it. That’s one of those situations where if it gets worse, you’re looking at a real setback. If we skip him for a start, we’re probably looking at a non-issue in another 5-to-7 days.”

Leake is now a regular part of the Reds’ rotation after a solid 2013 campaign. The right-hander finished with a 3.37 ERA in 192 1/3 innings.

  1. fat4jc - Mar 2, 2014 at 8:59 AM

    Leake has been a STEAL in fantasy drafts this year. Highway ROBBERY, I tell ya.

    • stlouis1baseball - Mar 3, 2014 at 12:48 PM

      From what I understand…”snatching” him up in the fantasy league is much like taking the “shirt” off someone’s rack…er…back.

  2. shawnuel - Mar 2, 2014 at 2:52 PM

    Funny, I figured Leake would be the pitcher most likely to suffer from a scarred Urethra.

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