Leake replaces Cueto
The Reds revealed Wednesday morning that they’ve received approval from MLB to replace Johnny Cueto on the NLDS roster with Mike Leake. It will be Leake who takes the ball for Game 4 this afternoon.
“We finally just got approval from MLB,” general manager Walt Jocketty said.
If the Reds advance, Cueto will not be eligible to pitch in the NLCS
“It was a very, very tough decision,” Jocketty said. “But our medical staff felt, at best, that Johnny might be able to pitch one game in the next series if we get there. So we thought the importance of today’s game and the rest of the series vs. the one game next time outweighed that. It’s a tough thing to have a potential Cy Young guy out of your rotation.”
Leake has been preparing for this type of contigency since he was left off of the NLDS roster. Also, the Reds have a rested bullpen from the last two solid outings from the starters.
“This guy stays ready,” manager Dusty Baker said. “We just have to adjust. It’s quite a blow. … It’s not all doom and gloom.”
Also — if the Reds need to play Game 5, Mat Latos will start.
More to come soon on MLB.com…