Right-handed pitcher Johnny Cueto left his Cactus League start early Friday afternoon with tightness in his pitching forearm. He reportedly felt it most on breaking pitches and already had the issue during his bullpen warmup. He ended up working just two innings of a scheduled four, allowing four hits, two runs and a walk. He will see how the forearm reacts after a night's rest and have it checked out first thing Saturday morning. (Cincinnati Enquirer via Twitter )
"It wasn't near his elbow, which is a good sign," Reds trainer Paul Lessard told the Associated Press. "We took him out for precautionary reasons. We didn't want it turn into something. It isn't something that we think needed to be seen right away."
Cueto, 25, is the Reds No. 3 starter behind Edinson Volquez and Bronson Arroyo. He was 12-7 with a 3.64 ERA and 1.28 WHIP last season, striking out 138 hitters in 185 2/3 innings.
"It was a little tightness in his forearm muscle," Reds manager Dusty Baker said to the AP. "That's why we took him out. We have had very few health problems. We knew we'd have something but, knock on wood, we've had very little trouble health-wise."
Stiffness and soreness in spring training are pretty normal, though anything forcing a pitcher to leave a game after just half his expected workload requires some attention.
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