Johnny Cueto
33-Year-Old PitcherSP
San Francisco Giants
60-Day IL
Injury Elbow
Est. Return 9/1/2019
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Cueto probably won't appear in the majors during the 2019 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in early August. It marked a disheartening end to an already disappointing nine-start season. In addition to the elbow issues, he also spent time on the disabled list with an ankle injury early in the season. The 3.23 ERA hid sizable dips in velocity -- he lost close to two ticks -- and strikeout rate (from 21% to 17.8%), both of which can probably be attributed in part to the elbow issues, though he was trending downward in both departments well before 2018. Twelve months is on the short end for TJS recoveries nowadays, and the Giants aren't expected to be competitive, so they figure to bring him along slowly with an eye toward 2020. The only course for pursuing Cueto is to stash him in keeper and dynasty leagues at a discount. Read Past Outlooks
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