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Reds’ Cueto leaves NLDS game one with back spasms

This is absolutely not the news that the Cincinnati Reds wanted. Ace Johnny Cueto left game one of the Reds NLDS matchup with the Giants in the first inning after just eight pitches with back spasms. 

Cueto was immediately replaced in the game by Sam LeCure, and LeCure was replaced after the second inning by Mat Latos, who is scheduled to start game three of the series for the Reds. 

You have to think that with Latos moving into the game on Saturday that he won't be starting game three on Tuesday, which is when Cueto could pitch if his back spasms fade quickly. At any rate, if the Reds end up winning game one with just eight pitches from Cueto and he's ready to roll on Tuesday, things could be looking up for them in this series.

If Cueto's back spasms continue to plague him and he's unable to start on Tuesday, it could be a crucial turn of events in the Reds' quest to win the series.

About Joe Lucia

Joe is the managing editor of The Outside Corner and a contributing author at Awful Announcing. He lives in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and is stuck somewhere between tolerating and hating Pittsburgh and Philadelphia sports.

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