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Thursday BP: Johnny Cueto to return this weekend

The Giants are getting rotation reinforcements.

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Hello and happy Thursday.

The San Francisco Giants did not have a good time on their first jaunt to Coors Field in 2021. But they did get some good news while they were there: Johnny Cueto is back. Cueto has not pitched since suffering a minor lat injury on April 14, his third start of the year. But he’ll be back in the rotation for Sunday’s game against the San Diego Padres.

Cueto has been having a phenomenal year in his limited action, as he’s sporting a 1.80 ERA, a 1.91 FIP, and 18 strikeouts to 4 walks in 20 innings. His 0.8 fWAR is his highest mark since the 2017 season despite, again, just 20 innings on the mound.

Adding Cueto to the rotation is a double dose of good news for the Giants, since he’ll replace the struggling Logan Webb.

Elsewhere in Giants news, Mike Yastrzemski — who hasn’t played since April 25 — is also expected to return this weekend. And manager Gabe Kapler is hopeful that Buster Posey — who exited Wednesday’s game with hamstring soreness — won’t miss any time thanks to a Thursday off day.

Finally, Joey Bart was optioned to AAA Sacramento, where he’ll be able to start the River Cats season.

Old, random MCC article for you to read

The 10 best one-year players in San Francisco Giants history (Dec. 16, 2014 — Grant Brisbee)

Giants links

What time do the Giants play today?

The Giants have an off day today before starting a three-game series against the San Diego Padres on Friday.

Hope you all enjoy your Thursday.