July 6, 2018 / 2:48 AM / 4 months ago

Major League Baseball notebook: Giants' Cueto returns from disabled list

The San Francisco Giants activated right-hander Johnny Cueto off the 60-day disabled list to start Thursday’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Aug 19, 2016; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Johnny Cueto (47) throws to the New York Mets in the second inning of their MLB baseball game at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports / Reuters Picture Supplied by Action Images

Cueto, who had been sidelined due to a right elbow sprain, will be making his first appearance for the Giants since April 28. He is expected to be limited to 85 pitches. The Giants feared Cueto might have a torn ulnar collateral ligament and had him examined by Dr. James Andrews, but the prognosis was that no surgery was needed, and Cueto instead was told to rest his elbow.

San Francisco optioned infielder Kelby Tomlinson to Triple-A Sacramento to open up the roster spot.

Cueto, 32, was off to a good start with a 3-0 mark and 0.84 ERA in five starts prior to the injury.

— The Cleveland Indians re-signed outfielder Melky Cabrera to a minor league deal and assigned him to Triple-A Columbus.

Cabrera signed a minor league contract with the Indians in April and was recalled on May 20, but he batted just .207 with no homers and 11 RBIs in 17 games.

Cleveland designated him for assignment on June 14 and he elected to become a free agent after clearing waivers. Cabrera has a .285 career average with 131 homers and 779 RBIs across 14 seasons.

— The Texas Rangers placed right-handed reliever Chris Martin on the 10-day disabled list with a left groin strain.

Martin had been recalled from a one-day stint with Triple-A Round Rock on Wednesday. He threw an inning in Texas’ 5-4 loss to the rival Houston Astros, allowing a run on one hit, one hit batter and two intentional walks. He threw 26 pitches in the outing and was stuck with the loss.

The 32-year-old has 4.32 ERA in 28 appearances this season, his first in the majors since a two-year stint in Japan.

— The Washington Nationals placed right-hander Erick Fedde on the 10-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation.

Fedde lasted just 25 pitches before being forced out of Wednesday’s start against the Boston Red Sox due to right shoulder stiffness. A magnetic resonance imaging exam showed no structural damage in the shoulder.

Fedde, 25, is 1-3 with a 5.79 ERA in six starts with the Nationals this season.

— The Milwaukee Brewers activated infielder Tyler Saladino from the 10-day disabled list and designated infielder Eric Sogard for assignment.

Saladino sprained his left ankle in a May 29 game against the St. Louis Cardinals and has missed the past five-plus weeks. He was hitting .324 with three homers and eight RBIs in 16 games with the Brewers.

Saladino opened the season with the Chicago White Sox — going 2-for-8 — before Milwaukee acquired him for cash on April 19. The versatile Sogard was batting .134 with no homers and two RBIs in 97 at-bats this season.

—The St. Louis Cardinals have acquired left-hander Elniery Garcia from the Philadelphia Phillies for international cap space, both teams announced.

Jun 10, 2018; Detroit, MI, USA; Cleveland Indians left fielder Melky Cabrera (53) hits a double in the sixth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Garcia, 23, has struggled this season, going 0-6 with a 6.38 ERA in 10 appearances (nine starts) for Double-A Reading.

Over the previous four seasons, he had gone a combined 24-16 with a 2.77 ERA over 59 appearances (51 starts) between Class-A and Double-A.

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