When Johnny Cueto signed his six-year, $130 million contract with the Giants before the 2016 season, he was supposed to be part of a dynamic one-two starting pitching punch with Madison Bumgarner. In his first year, Cueto did just that, making his second All-Star appearance and finishing the season with a 2.79 ERA.
But two years removed from his fantastic first season with the Giants, Cueto has struggled with injuries, culminating with Tommy John surgery. Cueto was evaluated earlier in the year by Dr. James Andrews and came out of the evaluation deemed alright to continue pitching.
After fighting with pain that he said he was had been trying to fight through all year, the Giants’ starter had surgery August 2, ruling him out for the remainder of the 2018 season. It is unclear what Cueto’s recovery timeline is expected to be.
Following the surgery, Cueto took to Instagram, thanking Dr. ElAttrache who performed the surgery on him and the staff at the Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute where he had the surgery.