AT&T PARK — Johnny Cueto left his Monday night rehab start after just three innings with what was later diagnosed as a mild flexor strain. In the moment, Cueto thought it was much worse than that.
“Of course I got scared,” Cueto revealed on Wednesday, via interpreter Erwin Higueros. “I felt a pinch and the first thing I thought was, ‘Oh my god, I’m going to have Tommy John here?’”
Cueto, who was already on the 10-day disabled list with blisters on his right hand, instead received news that it was just a mild strain in his forearm.
The Giants said that Cueto will rest for a week, but the right-hander wasn’t ready to guarantee any particular timeline.
“I’m going to take my time,” Cueto said. “I’m not going to rush myself like I did this time. I’m getting tired of being on the DL. So, I just want to make sure that when I come back, I’m healthy.”
Parker set for Thursday return
Jarrett Parker, who’s been on the disabled list since April 16, was back at AT&T Park on Wednesday, but the outfielder won’t be activated until Thursday’s finale with the Oakland A’s.
With his 20-day rehab assignment expiring, Parker, who originally hit the DL after breaking his right clavicle and then head his recovery interrupted by neck stiffness, will join the outfield shuffle.
“I’m going to use everybody out there,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “It’s not like it’s going to be the same three guys out there every days. We’re going to rotate and make this thing work.”
No Panda for now
Following multiple reports that Pablo Sandoval was spotted in San Francisco, Bochy said that, for now, the Panda won’t be joining the orange and black.
Instead, the one-time World Series MVP will be flying with the Sacramento River Cats to Omaha after Wednesday’s off day.
“He’s going to continue to play [and] get his at bats,” Bochy said. “When the right time comes, it will happen. But right now we feel that it’s still important for him to get some at bats. He’s missed a lot of playing time and not just this year.”
Melancon pitches in minors
Mark Melancon, out since June 28 with a right pronator strain, threw a scoreless inning for the High-A San Jose Giants on Wednesday afternoon.
The closer threw 15 pitches on the mound followed by 10 more in the bullpen. Bochy said Melancon will take off a couple of days before throwing in another minor league game.
Davis out with a hamstring issue
Khris Davis was out of the starting lineup on Wednesday night due to a minor hamstring issue, according to manager Bob Melvin.
Chad Pinder started in his place, while Mark Canha arrived from the Triple-A Nashville Sounds to take a seat on the bench. The outfielder/first baseman took the roster spot of reliever Michael Brady who pitched six innings on Tuesday night.