The Giants announced that they’ve activated Johnny Cueto from the 60-day disabled list on Thursday. Infielder Kelby Tomlinson was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento in order to open a spot on the active roster. Cueto’s activation will also require a 40-man move, though the team has yet to make that announcement.
Cueto, 32, has been out since late April due to a sprain in his right elbow. While the right-hander said that he initially feared he’d require Tommy John surgery, that level of damage wasn’t revealed in the subsequent MRI, and he instead is now able to return after missing a bit more than two months.
The return of Cueto will be a welcome boon to the San Francisco rotation; the right-hander had gotten off to an outstanding start to the 2018 season, pitching to a 0.84 ERA with 7.3 K/9, 1.7 BB/9, 0.28 HR/9 and a 45 percent ground-ball rate in 32 innings before landing on the shelf. He’ll now slot into the rotation alongside Madison Bumgarner, Chris Stratton, Andrew Suarez and Dereck Rodriguez. That composition is likely to change though, as Jeff Samardzija is also slated to be activated from the disabled list this weekend.
Cueto’s return will likely be one of the more significant additions the Giants make in the coming weeks. With the team pressed right up against the luxury tax threshold, they’ll only be able to add players if their trade partners either agree to pay the entirety of the remaining salary on a player’s contract or take back some meaningful salary in return. Despite the significant injuries they’ve dealt with in the rotation this season, the Giants are sitting at 45-43 — just 3.5 games behind the division-leading Diamondbacks and three games behind the second-place Dodgers.
Team coming back slowly but there going to come back strong
Someone needs to put this team to bed. The Giants have won enough.
Even if Cueto pitches to an ERA of 0.00 SF still need to figure out how to score a run to win. Getting so frustrated that a team that has the 8th best batting average in the league somehow is 21st when they hit with runners in scoring position.
All we have to do is make the playoffs if we make the playoffs mark my words we win another World Series
You play for the Giants?
You’re Iron Man?
He could’ve done an Ironman competition. There is life outside comic books. Your username is 3in, do we want to know what that stands for? And google mine, along with MOS
12 Bravos do it better.
“Pretty much infantry”- every POG
Really .. don’t drink and type. It’s a bad idea
So what does that mean for the rotation??? Is Holland out or junior pudge
My hope is that both Holland and Stratton are out. Suarez and Rodriguez have pitched better than both lately. I think Stratton has an option.
Both Holland and Stratton have pitched well this season also.
yeah, and holland is the one dude you cannot option, so pretty much have to release him. holland and Suarez most likely
So who is out of the rotation??? Holland or Junior Pudge????
Just saw Holland is out
it’s an even year so can’t count the gaints out as long as there in a spot in the wc and if they make a wc and madbum is healthy i wouldn’t bet against them oct is madbums month lol
Wasn’t 2016 an even year? Asking for a friend.
Why move Derek Holland to the pen when Stratton has been the one struggling ?
I think from what I heard it is to piggyback, they want to have holland as a piggyback to cueto while he gets to full strength – they should be holding him to some 60 -80 pitches today, holland gives alefty to back up a righty
Could also be that the Giants coaching staff believes Holland may be better equipped to move in and out of the rotation than someone less accustomed to such duties such as Stratton.
Doesn’t really matter, Stratton will be removed from the rotation when Sanardzija gets back this weekend
Should trade Price for Cueto.
Giants should trade Cueto back to the Reds. Reds are likely contenders in 2019 while the Giants aren’t getting any younger. Reds get the final piece to push them over the top and Giants get much needed salary relief
What is in those mints?
“…Giants get much needed salary relief”
Seriously? You’re either a Reds fan, you don’t know the Giants very well, or both.
Can’t sleep on them. Similar to how you couldn’t sleep on the Dodgers, when they were an unhealthy mess. 2nd WC spot seems realistic considering how the D-backs, Cardinals, and Nationals have been falling as of late. Thinking it’s going to be the Giants/Phillies/D-Backs vying for the 2nd WC, with the Dodgers winning the west, and one of the Cubs or Brewers winning the Central and the other winning the 1st WC. Can’t sleep on the Rockies, either.
If they can add a quality bat at the deadline watch out!
Doing that without adding payroll will be very difficult. Their lineup is capable of generating the offense necessary to keep them in the hunt. The guys they have now need to get it done because there’s no cavalry arriving by the end of the month.
I wouldn’t count on Cueto just yet. He’s given up five earned runs in two innings on 40 pitches. Samardjiza may be taking his spot.
What are you talking about?
H wasn’t far off. 10 Hits, 5 runs, 2 BB’s in 5 innings.
didn’t look ready last night. made the cardinals lineup look like “murderers row”
When they stop allowing illegals to come to their games for free and get paying customers, maybe they’ll have a chance to acquire some talent!