Cueto now dealing with three blisters: 'I think the best thing to do...'

Cueto now dealing with three blisters: 'I think the best thing to do...'

SAN DIEGO — When hot spots appeared on three of the fingers on Johnny Cueto’s right hand Friday night, the coaching staff pulled him from the game. They also just about pulled Cueto from the trade market. 

Cueto dealt with blisters on two of his fingers earlier this season and in his first start of the second half they returned, along with a new blister on his thumb. He pushed to stay in the rotation and pitch through his early-season discomfort, but this time around, Cueto acknowledged that he has to approach the blisters differently. 

“Of course I feel different now,” he said though interpreter Erwin Higueros. “I think the best thing to do is to take some time off. I’m not throwing very well and I don’t want to hurt myself.”

Asked if he would definitely miss his next start, Cueto shrugged. 

“I can’t tell you whether I’m going to skip it,” he said, “But right now I feel bad.”

Cueto had three fingers wrapped on his pitching hand. He was pulled after four innings and just 82 pitches in a 5-4 win over the Padres. For the Giants, the timing couldn’t be worse. Cueto finished the first half with a 4.51 ERA, but he was healthy, and he still could have rebuilt his trade value before the July 31 deadline. Now, it’s not even clear if Cueto will start again before that date. 

“I know he’s frustrated with it,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “Hopefully he can take his next (bullpen session). If we have to skip him, we’ll skip him.”

The Giants were already having trouble getting any traction with a pitcher who has had a down year and holds a complicated contract with an opt-out clause at the end of the year. With 17 days until the deadline, three blisters, and an ERA that ballooned to 4.59, it seems like the decision has been made for them. 

Cueto displayed frustration, and he echoed others around the game in saying the baseball might be to blame. Cueto said it’s clear to him that the ball is “tighter” this season. 

“I think the ball is different,” he said. “I think so, probably. This is the first time I’ve had blisters in my career.”

Dodgers lose Justin Turner to broken wrist after getting hit by pitch vs A's


Dodgers lose Justin Turner to broken wrist after getting hit by pitch vs A's

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Los Angeles third baseman Justin Turner's broken left wrist is expected to heal without surgery, according to Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts.

Turner was hurt Monday when hit by a pitch from Oakland's Kendall Graveman.

Turner arrived at the Dodgers spring training facility with a cast over his wrist Tuesday morning and was scheduled to see a hand specialist for an estimate of the time he could miss.

"We know that it's not a surgery thing, it's just essentially time," Roberts said. "That's the initial thought. That could change but that's what I've heard."

Turner hit .322 with 21 homers and 71 RBIs last year and was a first-time All-Star. He had 14 RBIs against the Chicago Cubs in the NL Championship Series and was voted MVP.

The Dodgers appear poised to move Logan Forsythe from second base to third in Turner's absence and have Enrique Hernandez and Chase Utley share time at second.

"It obviously makes a lot of sense to have Logan over there a lot more at third, and to kind of put together some guys at second base, and leave Chris (Taylor) in center field," Roberts said.

Backup catcher Austin Barnes also could see time at second base.

Giants' outfield picture becoming clearer after latest round of roster cuts


Giants' outfield picture becoming clearer after latest round of roster cuts

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants moved closer to setting their opening day roster on Monday when they made a significant round of cuts to their spring training roster. 

A total of 15 players were reassigned or optioned, bringing the total to 31 players remaining in camp. Many of the players cut Monday entered the spring competing for jobs. 

In the outfield, Mac Williamson and Austin Slater were optioned to Triple-A and Chris Shaw was reassigned to minor league camp. Williamson had a huge spring and was the likeliest of the trio to push for an opening day spot, but he'll start his year in the minors. Steven Duggar was not among the cuts, and he remains an option to make the team, with the Giants also looking at Gregor Blanco, Gorkys Hernandez and Jarrett Parker for backup spots. Hernandez and Parker are out of minor league options. 

Tyler Beede was optioned and Andrew Suarez was reassigned to minor league camp, leaving three players vying for the final two rotation spots. Ty Blach and Chris Stratton have been the favorites all along, although both struggled the last time out and Derek Holland has had a strong spring. 

Both backup catchers -- Trevor Brown and Hector Sanchez -- were reassigned, along with Orlando Calixte, who saw time in the big leagues last year. Joan Gregorio, Jose Valdez, Justin O'Conner and Kyle Jensen were also reassigned. Chase d'Arnaud, who appeared to be making a strong push, was on the list, too, leaving Josh Rutledge as the only competition for Kelby Tomlinson for the final infield spot. 

Finally, Derek Law and Roberto Gomez were optioned to Triple-A. Josh Osich remains and appears the frontrunner for a bullpen job. Julian Fernandez, the Rule 5 pick, also remains in camp. 

The Giants break camp on Friday.