Ahead of Game 1 of the NLDS, the San Francisco Giants released their 26-man roster and there was a big name missing.
As fans quickly noted, Right Handed Pitcher Johnny Cueto did not make the roster.
Johnny Cueto not on Giants NLDS roster
Cueto pitched in 22 games this year, starting 21. In those outings, he pitched 114.2 innings recording 98:30 K:BB and a 4.08 ERA. On Sept. 1, Cueto was placed the injured list with an elbow injury and missed majority of September. He returned late in the month making a rehab outing with the Giants Triple-A affiliate pitching 1.2 innings. He rejoined the Giants on September 30th throwing 2.1 innings in a relief role. He only allowed three hits and one run.
With Cueto not on the Giants NLDS roster, it is likely that the San Francisco felt he wasn’t healthy enough to be impactful as a starter or out of the bullpen. Cueto will continue to rehab and have the opportunity to possibly join the team if they can advance to the NLCS.
Without Cueto, San Francisco will have their hands full as they try to knock off the defending World Series Champion Dodgers. They have been managing without Cueto throughout September and will have to continue to do so to start October. Their postseason journey starts tonight with first pitch scheduled at 9:37 p.m. ET.