We’re just a couple of hours away from learning the results of the MRI on Johnny Cueto’s forearm and it’d be silly to think this is not big news. Whatever hopes the Giants have for this season are tied to the starting pitching. If that can keep them in games, the offense is supposed to be able to win it for them. Without Johnny Cueto, the idea that they’ll be in more games than not is a tough one to believe.
This isn’t the first time Cueto’s experienced soreness or forearm discomfort. He had shoulder inflammation and forearm issues in 2011 and 2015 with the Reds and as late as last season with the Giants he experienced the same forearm pain during a rehab assignment. So, this isn’t new, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t scary and doesn’t mean it’s not a lingering complication.
The worst case scenario is that his career is over, but that seems unlikely. The second-worst case scenario is that he’s out for the season, which presents a whole host of other questions going forward.
In the meantime, please be aware that Johnny Cueto was fine until I hired Brady, so please do blame him for this.
EDITED TO ADD:
If you care about such things, today’s posting schedule will be a little wonky because of the day game. After this one, it’s Minor Lines at 9AM, another post at 10AM, and probably a Cueto update piece before the game; post-game recap within 90 minutes of the final out, and then, one at 5:30/6 and 7:30/8pm.