Cueto did not factor into the decision in Wednesday's extra-innings win over the Cubs, allowing three runs on six hits and three walks while striking out seven over five innings. Cueto was staked out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning, but he yielded a pair of home runs and saw the bullpen fail to protect a one-run lead to leave with him a no-decision. The righty showed improvement in his second start back from the disabled list, whiffing seven batters over the five frames, but his command was hit-and-miss as he also walked three, hit a batter and threw a wild pitch. He's now allowed eight runs over 10 innings in the two starts back from a lengthy layoff, and will head into the All-Star break with a 2.36 ERA over 42 innings.
Cueto will start Wednesday against the Cubs instead of Tuesday as originally expected, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The reason for the switch is not entirely clear, though Cueto has made just one start since returning from a two-month layoff with an elbow injury, so an extra day of rest certainly couldn't hurt. Derek Holland gets the start Tuesday.
Cueto (3-1) allowed five earned runs on 10 hits and two walks while striking out two across five innings to take the loss Thursday against the Cardinals. The final line wasn't pretty for Cueto in his first start since April 28, but he allowed four hits, one walk and four of his five earned runs in his first inning of work. From there, his only blemish was a solo home run surrendered to Matt Carpenter in the second inning. While he didn't get back to his full workload, he managed to throw 76 pitches, a decent effort for his first start in over two months. His velocity will be worth monitoring as his fastball velocity was down nearly 1.5 mph from his season average, though that shouldn't induce panic in the first start after such a long layoff.
Cueto (elbow) was activated from the 60-day disabled list ahead of Thursday's scheduled start against St. Louis, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. As expected, Cueto will make his first start since April 28 after recovering from an elbow sprain. He needed just two minor-league rehab appearances despite missing nearly two months, so it's likely that Cueto will be on a pitch count after working just four innings during his last rehab start at Triple-A Sacramento: he allowed no runs on four hits and one walk while fanning six. In a corresponding move, Kelby Tomlinson was sent to Triple-A.
Cueto (elbow) will be reinstated from the DL on Thursday prior to his start against the Cardinals, Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic reports. Cueto wound up requiring just two minor-league rehab starts with Triple-A Sacramento after spending nearly two months on the disabled list with an elbow injury. His second outing with Sacramento lasted four innings, so expect to see him on some sort of pitch count during his first game back with the Giants. With Cueto returning, Derek Holland will transition to a bullpen role.