GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) - Johnny Cueto had to cut a start short again.
For the second straight outing, the Reds' starter walked off the mound with an injury. He only lasted one inning Saturday in a Cincinnati split-squad's 10-3 win over the Colorado Rockies.
``We don't want to jump to any conclusions,' Dusty Baker said. ``The fact that he felt it at all is why we stopped it. It's not in the elbow or shoulder or any of that stuff. It's more in the muscle.'
Cueto left his start against Texas on March 11 with tightness in his right forearm and biceps. He rested for two days before throwing a bullpen session with no pain.
Cueto, who is supposed to follow Edinson Volquez and Bronson Arroyo in the Reds' rotation, signed a four-year deal in the offseason.
The Reds' Edgar Renteria hit his first home run since Game 5 of the World Series, off John Maine.
Renteria, the World Series MVP with the San Francisco Giants last year, signed with the knowledge that he was going to back up Paul Janish at shortstop.
``He can still play,' Baker said. ``We were up front with him when he signed with us. You need two shortstops on the team. He'll play.'
Renteria signed because he likes the direction the Reds are headed.
``I want to be on a team that wants to compete,' Renteria said. ``It is a great chance to get back to the playoffs.'
Maine also gave up a home run to Jeremy Hermida. Hermida is trying to win a roster spot after signing a minor league contract.
Maine allowed five runs - one earned - in three innings. Maine allowed four hits and walked two.
Maine had shoulder surgery in June and his command was a little off.
``It's no excuse. I have to go out and pitch better,' Maine said. ``I was too excited and too amped up. It's been awhile since I was healthy. My pitches were up.'
Maine signed a minor league contract and has a chance to win the fifth spot in the Rockies rotation.
``John struggled with his command today,' Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. ``We still have 10 days until we haven't named anybody to that fifth spot until we do, he has the opportunity to do his thing. He's not sharp just yet. It's our idea to get him involved in game type situations.'
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