MLB Playoffs: Major Update Round-Up for Cincinnati Reds

Tyler DumaFeatured ColumnistOctober 10, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 06:  Johnny Cueto #47 of the Cincinnati Reds leaves the game in the first inning against the San Francisco Giants during Game One of the National League Division Series at AT&T Park on October 6, 2012 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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For Reds fans, the last couple hours have been frantic to say the very least.

As I noted in a previous article, Michael Leake was confirmed to be today's Game 4 starter. Leake will need to come up with a big performance in his postseason debut, but he is up to the task (check my last article to see why).

As many assumed, and feared, with Leake being added to the division series roster, someone had to be removed. That someone is Johnny Cueto. The Reds' official Twitter account confirmed this today stating "RHP Mike Leake added to DS roster, to pitch today instead of disabled RHP Johnny Cueto (oblique)."

With Cueto being removed from the roster, he's officially unavailable in the NLCS should the Reds advance today or tomorrow.

Cueto can still be eligible to pitch in the World Series; however, he will be sorely missed against the Cardinals or Nationals.

More news released this morning came in the form of a lineup update for today's game.

Todd Frazier will get the nod at third base today and Dioneer Navarro will be behind the dish for the Reds' critical Game 4.

Outside of Devin Mesoraco, Mike Leake has pitched the most games this season with Navarro behind the plate. Familiarity between battery-mates is huge in the success of a pitcher.

The final bit of Reds news came from Reds beat writer John Fay, who reported that if a Game 5 proves necessary, Mat Latos would start it.

This is the best piece of news Reds fans have received in the last couple days, as Mat Latos gives the Reds arguably their best chance to win Game 5, should it be played.

A hectic morning for Reds fans can be put to rest as we look forward to today's 4:00 pm matchup against the Giants.