San Francisco – The exhausted Giants rotation took another blow on Wednesday as the club included right-hander Johnny Quinto with a right elbow strain on its 10-day injury list.
Cuito started on Tuesday against the Milwaukee Brewers, dropping 10 hits and 6 wins in 3 2/3 innings, losing San Francisco’s three-game losing streak 6-2.
The experienced starter was originally scheduled to pitch on Monday, but started to feel physical pain on the Giants’ return flight from Atlanta on Sunday and was placed on the COVID-19 injury list. After testing negative for the coronavirus twice on Monday, Cuito woke up feeling well and could start playing on Tuesday, but the right-hander apparently felt the effects of his illness during the outing.
As Cueto entered the injury list on the same day, the roster expanded from 26 to 28, and the Giants activated a pair of bench pitcher and infielder Terro Estrada. Left-handed Caleb Baragar and right-handed John Brebbia joined the team’s bullpen on Wednesday, while Estrada was recalled to provide depth in the infield.
Brebia played a scoreless relief in Monday’s 3-1 loss to the Giants and beat former National League MVP Christian Yelich with a 96-mile-per-hour fastball. Strikes out, which left a deep impression on the coaching staff.
Baraga has a 0.49 ERA for the Giants this season, but since he made a save in the second game of the double-headed game against the Washington Nationals on June 12, he has never played in a major. . The left-hander is an important member of the San Francisco Bullpen in 2020, but has only played 22 times for the club this season.
During Triple-A Sacramento, Baragar has been working hard to solve the command problem as he posted a 9.37 SR and walked 17 batters in 16 1/3 innings.
After the Giants’ rotation led the team throughout the first half of the season, Gabe Kapler’s club has been relying on its bullpen to undertake heavier workloads since the All-Star Game. This trend is expected to continue into September, as Cueto’s injury list leaves the Giants with only three healthy starters.
Left-handed Alex Wood is another member of the rotation because he was included on the COVID-19 injury list after testing positive and showing symptoms on Monday, so he is expected to miss at least two starts.
Even the healthy starters of the Giants are struggling in pain, as right-hander Anthony Deskrafani was twice included on the injured list in August due to shoulder fatigue and right ankle discomfort. Desclafani failed to complete four innings in a 9-0 loss in Atlanta on Sunday, and said he expects his ankle inflammation may be the type of problem he needs to monitor and treat for the rest of the season.
On Wednesday, the Giants’ starter Kevin Gossman was Cy Young’s leading contender in the first half of the season, but since the All-Star Weekend, he has struggled with fastballs and split command, and played against him for the last time. The Warriors’ game once again exacerbated the hip injury.
Gossman made six two-pointers in Friday’s game against Atlanta, so the Giants hope his hips will not become a major issue.
The team’s most reliable starter, Logan Webb, is scheduled to face the Brewers in the series finals on Thursday and has made seven consecutive high-quality starts.