Giants Pitcher Johnny Cueto Leaves Rehab Start with Forearm Tightness

Rufina Vignone
Agosto 2, 2017

Cueto was nearing his return to the Giants' rotation before suffering a setback in Monday's rehab start with High-A San Jose.

Johnny Cueto, shown in a July 14 game at San Diego, threw only 34 of the 70 pitches he was expected to throw in the minors Monday night. Manager Bruce Bochy would not begin to speculate on Cueto's issue before the pitcher is examined by the Giants' medical staff Tuesday.

Forearm pain often means very little but could signal moderate injuries such as Mark Melancon's pronator strain or even a torn elbow ligament. He was pulled early that night to prevent blisters from forming and he didn't pick up a ball for a week.

It didn't go well: Cueto was removed from his rehab start because of forearm tightness. He gave up two hits in three scoreless innings, striking out four and walking one. Bochy said he was throwing well before feeling the discomfort.

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