SAN FRANCISCO — An excellent April got here at a worth for Giants’ pitcher Johnny Cueto.
The veteran right-hander was positioned on the disabled checklist Tuesday with elbow irritation after going Three-Zero with an Zero.84 earned run common. The transfer was retroactive to Sunday, which means the earliest date he might return can be May 9.
It’s the second stint on the D.L. for Cueto this season, as he missed 9 video games early within the month with a sprained left ankle.
Cueto hasn’t given up greater than two runs in any of his 5 begins this season, and people runs got here in a six-inning stint in opposition to the Los Angeles Dodgers Saturday that the Giants gained Eight-Three.
Giants supervisor Bruce Bochy made no point out of Cueto’s elbow subject earlier than the sport when requested a few roster transfer made vital to activate beginning pitcher Andrew Suarez to make Tuesday evening’s start.
Ideally, Cueto would miss solely a start or two whereas the situation improves. If not, Bochy will proceed to juggle the beginning rotation as he has all 12 months.
Meanwhile, Madison Bumgarner bought the clearance to start throwing and can start the method of rebuilding his arm power in hopes of having the ability to come off the disabled checklist on May 25.
Bumgarner left Monday evening for Arizona to get his damaged left hand (fractured fifth metacarpal) examined, and Bochy stated the Giants bought the information they hoped to hear.
“It’s going well with the healing part of it, as he was cleared to start throwing this weekend,” Bochy stated earlier than the Giants confronted the San Diego Padres at AT&T Park. “That’s good news for us and for Madison. I know he’s eager to start throwing again. It’s good to get this done where he can actually start throwing a baseball.”
Bumgarner was injured fielding a comebacker in his remaining spring coaching tuneup.
Not eligible to return till May 25, the necessary time-frame ensures that Bumgarner gained’t push too onerous or return too quickly. He will start throwing on flat floor earlier than graduating to bullpen classes.
“We’ll have it structured as far as his rehab, how much he can throw, when he can throw,” Bochy stated. “He’ll stay with that. He knows he’s got to go through like a spring training. You can’t rush this too much . . . it’s about a month away anyway. He knows to be smart about it.”
With the Giants collapsing final season in Bumgarner’s absence following a shoulder harm sustained in a mud bike accident — added to the truth that starters Jeff Samardzija (proper pectoral) and Cueto (ankle) have frolicked on the disabled checklist — Bochy is heartened to a level by his workforce’s 15-14 document.
“I think it’s shown already we have more depth than we had last year,” Bochy stated. “We lost our top three starters, and somehow we’re holding ground. We’re not what we want to be, but we’re over .500 and that’s pretty good considering.”
The Giants opened Tuesday in second place, 5 half video games behind the first-place Arizona Diamondbacks and forward of each Colorado (15-15) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (12-16).
— Reliever Mark Melancon, who is also eligible to return May 25 from a proper elbow flexor pressure, has been performing some flat floor work and is scheduled for a light-weight bullpen session Saturday.
“With Melancon, really, it’s how he feels, and that’s how we’re going to go,” Bochy stated. “It’s day to day with him whether we back him off or not.”
— Left fielder Hunter Pence is scheduled to play Wednesday for the Sacramento River Cats in Las Vegas as he recovers from a proper thumb sprain.
— During one sequence Monday evening, rookie second baseman Alen Hanson stole second base, then was known as out trying to steal third on a detailed play. There was a 3rd strike on the play anyway, so the play was irrelevant, however Bochy stated he was effective with the aggressive base operating.
“Part of his arsenal is speed, and we want him to use it,” Bochy stated.
Hanson, who has 212 steals as a minor league participant since 2011 and has been caught 88 occasions, was within the beginning lineup once more Tuesday evening.