Reds' Cueto has oblique strain, scratched

Oct. 9, 2012 at 7:34 PM

CINCINNATI, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- Cincinnati Reds ace starter Johnny Cueto has a mildly strained oblique muscle and has been scratched from his next start, team said Tuesday.

Cueto, who compiled a 19-9 record with a 2.78 ERA in 33 regular-season starts this season, sustained the injury while facing the first batter of Saturday's Game 1 of the National League Division Series against the San Francisco Giants.

The right-hander won't be available for a Game 4 start should the best-of five NLDS extend that far -- the Reds were leading the Giants 2-games-to none heading into Tuesday's Game 3 at Cincinnati.

Cueto's availability for the rest of the series and even the remainder of the post-season was also left in doubt.

"We don't know the severity of it," Reds Manager Dusty Baker told MLB.com. "He came in [Monday] and got treatment all day long, so right now I would just be guessing to let you know how he is exactly right now. In a nutshell, we don't know."

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