Right-hander Johnny Cueto departed his first outing for the Marlins after recording just three outs and was later placed on the 15-day injured list with biceps tightness. The club hasn’t provided any updates on his expected return timeline but Barry Jackson and Craig Mish of the Miami Herald provided a pessimistic update this week, reporting that Cueto could be out of action for several weeks.
That still doesn’t provide much clarity, though it does at least indicate that the 37-year-old Cueto seems ticketed for more than a minimum stay on the IL. That’s a frustrating development for the club, who just signed Cueto to a one-year, $8.5MM deal this offseason. It now seems possible that the veteran could miss a decent chunk of the campaign. He’s coming off a strong 2022 season, but injuries have had an impact on him in previous years. He only made 13 starts over 2018 and 2019 combined due to an ankle injury and Tommy John surgery. He then struggled in 2020 before having improved results over 2021 and 2022.
Without Cueto, the Marlins should still have a good rotation consisting of Sandy Alcantara, Edward Cabrera, Jesús Luzardo, Trevor Rogers and Braxton Garrett, though the depth will be weaker as long as Cueto is out of the picture. The club has a $10.5MM option for his services in 2024 that comes with a $2.5MM buyout. How they feel about that net $8MM decision will surely be impacted by when he returns and how effective he looks at that point.
Some other injury notes from around the league…
- The Red Sox announced earlier today that they recalled right-hander Kutter Crawford while placing fellow righty Zack Kelly on the 15-day injured list with right elbow inflammation. Chris Cotillo of MassLive reported on the moves prior to the official announcement. Kelly was removed from yesterday’s game in obvious distress, both physical and emotional, alternating between grabbing at his elbow area and hiding his face in his hands. “Definitely emotional for two reasons,” Kelly said to Cotillo after the game. “One, because I care. I care about this game, these guys and I enjoy doing this. Two, just all the s*** I went through to get here. It’s just a lot. Whenever something like that happens, you get emotional about it.” Kelly, 28, was an undrafted free agent who toiled away in the minors for many years before finally reaching the big leagues last year. He posted a 3.95 ERA over 13 appearances in 2022 and had a 3.68 mark through six games here in 2023. More information will surely come after Kelly and the club do further testing, but it’s a concerning development for a guy who has obviously walked a long road to make it to the big leagues.
- The Athletics placed right-hander Domingo Acevedo on the 15-day injured list yesterday. It seems it was an unfortunate freak accident that led to this move, as manager Mark Kotsay told Joe Trezza of MLB.com that Acevedo slipped walking into the dugout on Monday and suffered a left back strain. It’s unclear how long he will be out of action, but the issue is significant enough that Acevedo underwent an MRI, with those results still not publicly known. The 29-year-old righty had a solid season last year, posting a 3.33 ERA over 70 appearances for the A’s, striking out 21.8% of opponents while walking just 6.4%. He has a 13.50 ERA this year, but in a small sample of just five appearances. His return to action will become more clear once the club gets a chance to examine his MRI results.
Wow. Giants dodging a bullet, if Cueto isn’t available, when they visit Miami next week
Meh…Right now I wouldn’t say that too quickly when his replacement is Braxton Garrett.
This one belongs to the Reds
Hoping for the best for my buddy Cueto. Forearm tightness could be a signal for bad things to come…
Wish Giants had signed Cueto instead of Stripling. Injuries happen but not much you can do for just plain bad. Every homer Ross has given up is an 87 MPH hanging slider in the middle of the plate. Definitely not worth $12.5M/year. Besides, Cueto is a showman and great to watch when healthy.
Stripling is scary to watch.
But not by anyone with a bat.
Nice curveball, but everything else has no movement or deception.
Or maybe Rodon. Imagine if Rodon, Gausman and Webb were our 1-2-3 pitchers this year.
Stripling stinks this year. At least Manea is looking good so far
During a season when the team won’t be competitive it’s less impactful to have injuries that allow young players a chance to play in the MLB. Kelly and Crawford are two guys who need to get the work in at the MLB level so the front office can figure out their future.
It will be interesting to see who among Houck, Pivetta and Whitlock can best stop the Angels offense. Then, can Cora figure out who NOT TO PUT IN once the starters come out. His daily mistakes are really piling up so hopefully this home stand is his last rodeo.
It should also to see be fun to see Ohtani the hitter for 3 games and Ohtani the pitcher on Monday during the Boston Marathon Game.
Fever Pitch Guy
KD – Great post as always!! Once again tonight the Sox were the beneficiary of their opponent’s horrible defense, scoring 4 unearned runs. We will take wins anyway we can though. Maybe Chang, Arroyo, Wong, Ref and Casas can lean into a few more pitches to get on base?
Jansen has really been impressive, he should bring back some really good talent at the trade deadline especially with his contract going through 2024 as well.
This is good news on Cueto. Addition by subtraction. Even better if he resembles 2022 Cueto on his eventual return