The Giants received some mixed news regarding their starting pitching staff Tuesday.
San Francisco ace Madison Bumgarner was medically cleared to throw off flat ground, according to multiple reports.
"That's good news for us," Giants manager Bruce Bochy told MLB.com.
Bumgarner – a four-time All-Star and the 2014 World Series MVP who is on the 60-day disabled list – had pins put into his pitching hand after his left pinkie was broken by a comebacker during a spring training game against the Kansas City Royals on March 23. He can't be activated until May 25, but the news is positive for the Giants.
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On a sour note, San Francisco placed Johnny Cueto on the 10-day DL with inflammation in his pitching elbow. The right-hander, who is heading to the DL for the second time this season, is 3-0 in five starts and leads the majors with a 0.84 ERA. He spent 10 days on the DL in April due to a sprained ankle.
Andrew Suarez was called up from the River Cats to start Tuesday. He took a no-decision in the Giants' 3-2 loss to the San Diego Padres at AT&T Park.