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Giants officially lose reliever to Blue Jays

Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Travis Bergen’s Giants stint is officially over.

The reliever, who had been a Rule 5 pick and made it to mid-August, cleared waivers and was returned to the Blue Jays on Thursday.

Bergen, who would have had to remain on the Giants’ 25-man roster the entire season to become under their control, was designated for assignment Sunday as they cleared some roster space.

The lefty caught the eye of Farhan Zaidi & Co. from his work in the Toronto farm system, last year totaling a 0.95 ERA with 74 strikeouts in 56 2/3 innings. But a left shoulder strain kept him out from May through August and he never showed enough while he was healthy, finishing with a 5.49 ERA in 19 2/3 innings with the Giants.

The Giants announced Johnny Cueto’s first Triple-A Sacramento start would come Monday. He likely will throw two before rejoining the Giants’ rotation. Cueto threw 60 pitches Tuesday with High-A San Jose, giving up five runs (four earned) in 4 1/3 innings with three strikeouts and one walk.


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