Cueto exits start early with forearm tightness

Cueto exits start early with forearm tightness

Cueto exits start early with forearm tightness
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Reds starting pitcher Johnny Cueto exited his outing early Friday as a precaution because of tightness in his right forearm.

Scheduled to work four innings against the Rangers, Cueto lasted only two frames while throwing 40 pitches. He allowed two earned runs, four hits and one walk with two strikeouts. Reds pitching coach Bryan Price visited the mound during the bottom of the second, but Cueto was allowed to continue pitching.

The injury, which Cueto first felt warming up in the bullpen, is not currently believed to be serious.

"It was sore when I threw the breaking ball. I'm fine," Cueto said.

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Cueto, 25, is scheduled to be examined by team medical director Dr. Tim Kremchek on Saturday.

"He has some tightness in his mid-forearm," head trainer Paul Lessard said. "It's not his elbow, which we were happy about. He just felt like he couldn't loosen up when he was pitching. We said instead of keeping to send him out there, why not just sit him down so it doesn't turn into anything."

Cueto, who was signed to a four-year, $27 million contract in January, is slated to be Cincinnati's No. 3 starter in the rotation.

"Knock on wood -- we've had very little of anything this spring," Reds manager Dusty Baker said of injuries on the club. "You know you're going to have something. You try to take every precaution, which we did by taking him out."