Giants place Johnny Cueto on 10-day DL as Bumgarner returns

PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 30: San Francisco Giants Starting pitcher Johnny Cueto (47) throws a pitch during the Major League Baseball game between the San Francisco Giants and the Pittsburgh Pirates on June 30, 2017, at PNC Park in Pittsburgh Pa. (Photo by Mark Alberti/Icon Sportswire)
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The San Francisco Giants have placed right-handed pitcher Johnny Cueto on the 10-day disabled list prior to Saturday night’s game against the San Diego Padres. The move comes in order to make to clear space on the 25-man roster for returning starter Madison Bumgarner, who is making his first appearance for the Giants since April 19.

Cueto started for San Francisco on Friday night and went just four innings, allowing six hits and three earned runs en route to a no decision. He lasted just 82 pitches — his fewest of the season — as he reportedly is dealing with blister issues, which have caused the DL stint.

On the year, he has gone 6-7 with a 4.59 ERA in 19 starts for the Giants, who have struggled with their pitching all season long. The 9.4 H/9 IP that he has allowed is on pace for a new career-high, while he has allowed yielded 19 home runs in 115.2 innings of work.

With Bumgarner sidelined since April due to a shoulder injury that was suffered in an off-the-field incident, Cueto became the new ace of the staff, fresh off his second career All-Star appearance in 2016. Cueto finished 2016 with an 18-5 record with a 2.79 ERA that led to a sixth-place finish in the National League Cy Young Award race.

The Giants inked Cueto to a massive six-year, $130 million deal in Dec. 2015 that takes him through the 2021 season with a team option for 2022, though he can opt out of the remainder of that deal at season’s end. The 4.59 ERA he owns this year is on pace to be his highest since he was a 22-year-old rookie with the Cincinnati Reds in 2008.

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