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Giants starter Johnny Cueto to undergo Tommy John surgery

Starting pitcher Johnny Cueto is among several Giants players who are expected to be placed on the 40-man roster after San Francisco sent five players to Triple A on Monday. Cueto is on the 60-day disabled list after having season-ending Tommy John surgery in early August.
Starting pitcher Johnny Cueto is among several Giants players who are expected to be placed on the 40-man roster after San Francisco sent five players to Triple A on Monday. Cueto is on the 60-day disabled list after having season-ending Tommy John surgery in early August. The Associated Press

Johnny Cueto’s season is over.

The Giants announced Wednesday that the right-handed starter will undergo Tommy John surgery Thursday in Los Angeles.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SFGiants?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#SFGiants</a> announced today that right-handed pitcher Johnny Cueto will undergo Tommy John surgery tomorrow. Dr. Neal ElAttrache will perform the procedure at the Kerlin Jobe clinic in Los Angeles.<br> <br>Cueto went 3-2 with a 3.23 ERA in nine starts this season.</p>&mdash; San Francisco Giants (@SFGiants) <a href="https://twitter.com/SFGiants/status/1024808977098407936?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 2, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

Cueto went 3-2 in nine starts this season with a 3.23 ERA and 38 strikeouts in 53 innings. He was placed on the disabled list Monday for the third time this season.

He spent 10 days on the DL in April due to a sprained ankle and was placed on the 60-day DL in May with elbow issues.

Before his DL stint in May, Cueto was 3-0 in five starts and led the majors with a 0.84 ERA. During his rehab, he pitched twice for the River Cats this season, going a combined 7 2/3 innings and allowing no runs, five hits and one walk while striking out 10.

Cueto’s recovery will likely make him miss most or all of next season as well, as average recovery time for Tommy John surgery is a year to 16 months.

The Giants have Cueto locked until the end of the 2021 season. The two-time All-Star signed a six-year, $130 million deal prior to the 2016 season after winning a World Series title with the Kansas City Royals the previous year.

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