Giants losing Cueto 6-8 weeks

The Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA — San Francisco pitcher Johnny Cueto will be sidelined for six-to-eight weeks because of a strained right elbow and will not have Tommy John surgery.

The 32-year-old right-hander was examined by Dr. James Andrews on Monday in Gulf Breeze, Florida. Cueto will undertake rest and rehabilitation.

Cueto is 3-0 with a 0.84 ERA in five starts. He on the disabled list for the second time this season. He missed two starts after spraining his left ankle in early April.

San Francisco hoped Cueto had overcome the blister and forearm issues that caused him to miss six weeks last year, when he went 8-8 with a 4.52 ERA in 25 starts.

Cueto was 18-5 with a 2.79 ERA in 2016, making his second All-Star team, after signing a $130 million, six-year contract with the Giants.

The Giants are already playing without the services of all-star pitcher Madison Bumgarner, who is still recovering from a broken hand.

Darvish out

CHICAGO — The Chicago Cubs placed struggling right-hander Yu Darvish on the 10-day disabled list with the flu.

The 31-year-old Darvish is 0-3 with a 6.00 ERA in his first season with Chicago after finalizing a $126 million, six-year contract in February. He was scheduled to start tonight against Miami, but the Cubs provided no word on a replacement.

Lincecum returns

ROUND ROCK, Texas — Tim Lincecum made his first rehab appearance with the Texas Rangers’ Triple-A team, 21 months after his last big league start.

Lincecum allowed two runs and struck out two while pitching the fifth inning for Round Rock against the Iowa Cubs on Monday night.

After walking his first batter on four pitches, the first a 90-mph fastball that went to the backstop, he allowed an RBI double. Another run scored on a wild pitch before he retired his last two batters on swinging strikes.

Texas, which sits in last place at 14-23 in the American League West, plans to use Lincecum as a reliever, even though he has started 270 of his 278 career games.

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