Johnny Cueto began throwing Monday for the first time since Tommy John surgery last August.
Cueto threw from a distance of 45 feet and said that he felt good. It was an important first step, but he's still likely to be in rehab mode for the entire 2019 season. He's still owed $21 million in each of the next three seasons, with a $5 million buyout on a $22 million club option in 2022.(více...)
Johnny Cueto (elbow) lost 20 pounds over the offseason.
He's gone from 247 to 227 and hopes to pitch at 230 when he returns from Tommy John surgery in 2020. Cueto also revealed that he pitched through pain in his right elbow for "almost three years" before his ligament finally gave out on him last summer. The revelation isn't entirely surprising, as Cueto was known to have dealt with elbow issues in 2015 before signing a six-year, $130 million contract with the Giants. Cueto was excellent in his first season in San Francisco in 2016 before taking a step back in performance the last two years while missing chunks of time with injury.