San Francisco Chronicle
Cueto set to start Sunday
The Giants’ packed injured list will lighten a bit this weekend when starter Johnny Cueto rejoins the rotation.
Cueto, who has missed four starts with a lat strain, will start Sunday, manager Gabe Kapler said Wednesday. Plus, outfielder Mike Yastrzemski is likely to return from an oblique strain this weekend during the San Diego series.
Cueto was 20 with a 1.80 ERA in his three starts before going on the IL on April 15. With his return, Logan Webb is likely to return to the bullpen, which was the plan before Cueto’s injury. The team envisions Webb as something more than a long man, possibly using him as a piggyback starter to take some pressure off the rest of the bullpen once or twice a week, much the way the Reds use Tejay Antone.
Reliever Reyes Moronta (flexor tendon strain) will receive a full examination from Dr. Ken Akizuki on Thursday.
Bullpen plans: Closer Jake McGee has allowed eight earned runs over his past six outings, and Kapler has said that setup man Tyler Rogers might get more work in the ninth. McGee allowed four runs in the Rockies’ Game 2 86 win Tuesday.
“It's definitely a consideration,” Kapler said. “You know, sometimes there's there's some value in taking a little pressure off pitchers, even veteran pitchers.”
Rogers is tied for the majorleague lead in appearances with 17, and opponents are scoreless in 12 of his past 13 outings.
Briefly: Joey Bart was sent back to TripleA Sacramento after the game, opening a roster spot for Kevin Gausman, Saturday’s starter . ... Outfielder Skye Bolt, designated for assignment April 30, was traded back to Oakland for cash considerations . ... Kapler on utilityman Drew Robinson making the Sacramento roster: “I’m super proud of the perseverance, and the drive and the determination . ... I’m really excited for him and happy for him, and I’m always here to support him.” Robinson survived a suicide attempt last year but lost his right eye; no hitter has played at the bigleague level with one eye.