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08/11/09 8:35 PM ET

Cueto OK after injury scare

Reds starter exited Monday with hip flexor cramp

ST. LOUIS -- Starting pitcher Johnny Cueto gave the Reds an injury scare on Monday night when his outing was cut short after two innings. Fortunately, a scare is all it was.

Cueto, who was diagnosed with a tight left hip flexor after he left the 4-1 loss to the Cardinals, had no issues when he got to the ballpark on Tuesday.

"He's a lot better," manager Dusty Baker said. "Evidentally, it must have been a cramp. It's very good news. It's a cramp and not a pull. He ran today and said he didn't feel any pain."

While batting in the top of the third inning, Cueto struggled to run out of the batter's box on a ground ball to second base. He was pulled from the game and replaced by Kip Wells.

In 23 starts this season, Cueto is 8-9 with a 4.23 ERA. When asked if the 23-year-old would be able to make his next start on Saturday vs. the Nationals, Baker did not hesitate.

"For sure," Baker said. "He takes care of himself. He trains hard. My first thought from where he was pointing to was it was a groin."

Meanwhile, injured starter Micah Owings (tight right shoulder) will get another rehab start with Triple-A Louisville. Owings, who has been on the DL since July 27, gave up one run over 4 2/3 innings and threw 79 pitches vs. Lehigh Valley on Monday. The plan is to have Owings throw at least 95 pitches in his next outing.

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.