Johnny Cueto to see doctors, says he still feels pain in right elbow

Johnny Cueto to see doctors, says he still feels pain in right elbow

SAN FRANCISCO — In early May, Johnny Cueto flew to Florida to see Dr. James Andrews. He was sure he was going to be told he needed Tommy John surgery. Instead, Dr. Andrews presented Cueto with what the right-hander believed was a miracle. 

Dr. Andrews told him to rest. He told him he could keep pitching after a break. On Saturday night, the Giants and the pitcher came to the awful conclusion that Cueto cannot keep pitching, at least not right now. 

Cueto was pulled after four flat innings of a 7-1 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers and afterward admitted that his elbow bothers him “every time I throw a pitch.” He will meet with team doctors on Sunday morning. 

“I keep telling you guys and keep telling myself I’m fine, but in reality, I’m not,” he said through interpreter Erwin Higueros. 

Cueto has tried to will himself through this. Without anything close to his best stuff, he has thrown a stream of changeups and slow two-seamers and sliders at opposing hitters. They have not been fooled. In four starts since returning, Cueto has allowed 16 runs in 21 innings. He has faced 97 batters and 30 of them have gotten hits. 

On Saturday, Cueto threw 12 pitches in the first inning and none were faster than 85.6 mph. Only three of his 61 pitches clocked in higher than 89 mph, with a max of 90 on a pitch to Lorenzo Cain. Cueto got just two swinging strikes Saturday, one each from the No. 7 hitter and the No. 8 hitter. He later said he had trouble warming up. 

“It’s very difficult. It’s very hard to get loose,” he said. “I feel very bad.”

Cueto said he has tried to be a warrior and help the team, but all sides realized on Saturday that the effort is only leading to harm. Before Cueto spoke, manager Bruce Bochy was asked if the staff needed to take the ball out of Cueto’s hands, prioritizing his health. 

“No question,” Bochy said. “Johnny is going to be honest. He was honest before. We’ll know here in a day or two.”

Bochy won’t be around Sunday. He’s flying to Cooperstown for Trevor Hoffman’s induction into the Hall of Fame, but when he returns it seems likely the team will be without a former co-ace. It’s hard to see a light at the end of this tunnel. After weeks of trying to be positive, Cueto seemed to understand that on Saturday night. Bochy did, too. 

“I’ve got to be honest,” the manager said, “There’s concern there for Johnny.”

Dodgers vs. Brewers live stream: Watch NLCS Game 7 online


Dodgers vs. Brewers live stream: Watch NLCS Game 7 online

It's win or go home with a chance to play the Red Sox in the World Series. 

After the Brewers stayed alive in the NLCS with a Game 6 win, it's on to Game 7 for Milwaukee and the Dodgers. To advance to the World Series, Dodgers rookie Walker Buehler will square off with veteran Jhoulys Chacin. 

We already know how Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman feels about the Dodgers, but will the Giants' rivals make it back to the Fall Classic for the second straight year? We're about to find out. 

Here's how you can watch Dodgers-Brewers NLCS Game 7 online: 

When: Saturday, Oct. 20 at 5:00 p.m. PT

Live Stream: Fox Sports Go

Giants like video of Julian Edelman saying he hates the Dodgers


Giants like video of Julian Edelman saying he hates the Dodgers

Julian Edelman has become a star wide receiver for the New England Patriots, but he will always stay true to his Bay Area roots. 

Edelman has naturally become a Boston Red Sox fan and will be cheering for them in the World Series. He also has a dream scenario for this year's Fall Classic. 

"I hate the Dodgers," Edelman said to reporters on Friday. "I hate the Dodgers. I mean, I'm a San Francisco guy. It's like Boston-New York diet over there. I hope they do make it and the Sox pound 'em." 

The Giants' season may be over, but that doesn't mean their rivalry with the Dodgers is. The team was big fans of  Edelman's comments and even liked the video on Twitter. 

Edelman grew up in Redwood City and starred as a quarterback at Woodside High School. After high school, he played one year at the College of San Mateo where he threw for 1,312 yards and 14 touchdowns through the air while rushing for a school record 1,253 yards and 17 touchdowns. 

The Dodgers play the Brewers in Game 7 of the NLCS Saturday night at 5 p.m. PT looking to face the Red Sox in the World Series.