Different injury cuts Johnny Cueto's rehab start in San Jose short


OAKLAND -- Johnny Cueto was supposed to throw about 70 pitches in a rehab start Monday night. He was pulled after 34, with a problem much worse than the blisters that have held him back this season. 

Manager Bruce Bochy said Cueto was pulled early because he felt tightness in his right forearm. He will be evaluated by team doctors on Tuesday. Bochy said he did not know if the tightness was similar to the strain that has sidelined Mark Melancon, but any type of forearm discomfort is a red flag.

"I hate to speculate at this point," Bochy said. 

Cueto was making his first appearance since June 14, a start in San Diego that was cut short when three of his fingers started heating up. He was pulled early that night to prevent blisters from forming and he didn't pick up a ball for a week. 

Cueto was adamant that he needed a rehab start before returning to big league action and the Giants agreed. Monday's action in San Jose started in a positive way. Cueto gave up a single but then struck out a pair to get out of the inning. He gave up two hits in three scoreless innings, striking out four and walking one. Bochy said he was throwing well before feeling the discomfort.

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