Cueto, Bailey fly to CVG
UPDATE — The Reds have decided that Bailey would pitch Game 3.
Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto returned to Cincinnati on Sunday, one day after his start was cut short by back spasms eight pitches into facing the Giants during the opener of the National League Division Series.
“I saw him before he went back. He said he felt a lot better this morning,” Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said. “He’s going back to get treatment back there rather than flying all night with us.”
The Reds media notes on Sunday listed Homer Bailey as a probable Game 3 starter on Tuesday at Great American Ball Park. Bailey was originally slated to start Game 4, if necessary.
Bailey also flew back to Cincinnati on Sunday to get ready.
“Homer is our Game 3 option,” Baker said. “You can’t take a chance with Johnny, and we have to see exactly. We can’t have him go out there again and have something else happen to him and come up short again. When he goes back out there we will make sure to the best of your knowledge that he’s OK.”
The Reds are hoping to avoid having to replace Cueto on the NLDS roster. By rules, if he is removed, he would not be eligible for the NL Championship Series should the Reds advanced.
“You can’t wait too long,” Baker said. “If you wait too long and do it at the last minute, [Major League Baseball] might not OK it. That’s what we were told yesterday. You can’t wait until the last minute.”
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