San Francisco Giants: Injuries Piling Up, Brings Up Suarez and Okert
By Daniel Sperry
The San Francisco Giants are getting injured, and water is wet.
Johnny Cueto may need to be put on the DL, and most San Francisco Giants are freaking out. Let’s all take a collective breath.
Did he get hit in the hand with a line drive? No. Did he do something that might have hurt himself and then never told the coaching or training staff that he was in discomfort until the problem became a really big problem? No. Did he go to hard lifting weights? N…..actually yes.
According to reports, Johnny Cueto hurt his left ankle (not the ankle he awkwardly twisted in his last start), while working out over the weekend. Here is what Alex Pavlovic reported:
Awesome! So the next five days could look like this: Tyler Beede, Andrew Suarez, Chris Stratton, Ty Blach, and Derek Holland. Dope.
But with how small these injuries are in reality, it is very likely that you will replace Tyler Beede and Andrew Suarez with Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija the next time through the rotation. That will do just fine.
Tonight we’ll get Tyler Beede’s first career start, and tomorrow potentially Andrew Suarez’s. These two are the most advanced of the Giants top pitching prospects. They may have something in Garrett Williams and Shaun Anderson, but their ETA is likely 2019 or later.
This really is the perfect time for Beede and Suarez to get a chance to pitch at the big league level. With how well Holland has pitched recently, combined with the levels of Stratton and Blach compared to them, this is one of the best chances for them to give them a look. And frankly they need a chance here first.
UPDATE: Cueto to the 10-Day DL
Next: What to expect from Tyler Beede
It might be one of those chances to “get a taste” so they work harder to stick up at that level. Who knows. I do think there is probably more of a positive to this situation than negative. The injury to Cueto isn’t serious, so the long term affects of this shouldn’t be anything bad.