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06/20/11 7:41 PM ET

Cueto out with stiff neck, to start Tuesday

Wood makes start in place of righty in opener vs. Yankees

CINCINNATI -- Monday's scheduled starter Johnny Cueto was scratched from the series opener against the Yankees because of a stiff neck.

Left-hander Travis Wood, originally slated to pitch Tuesday, moved up a day to face New York.

"My neck is sore," Cueto said. "I'm probably pitching [Tuesday], depends on how I feel when I throw today. When I throw, there's a little pain."

The change isn't very dramatic for Wood, who last pitched on Wednesday in Los Angeles. Because of Thursday's off-day, he's still working on his usual four days of rest.

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"What made it an easier decision is it's Woody's normal day," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "Had it not been his normal day, we'd have a different decision to make."

Cueto has been the Reds' best pitcher this season, posting a 4-2 record with a 1.68 ERA. He has yet to allow more than three runs in any of his eight starts.

The Reds actually made the decision to delay Cueto a day on Sunday night and told Wood he would be moving up.

"[Cueto] felt better yesterday, but what happens if he goes out there and starts feeling it again the second or third inning?" Baker said. "My bullpen is all torn up."

Although Cueto is getting treatment and massages, there are no plans to prepare another backup starter in case he isn't ready on Tuesday.

"I'm thinking it is better," Baker said.

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.