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Johnny Cueto Injury: Updates on Giants Star's Head and Return

Feb 19, 2016; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Johnny Cueto (47) looks on during a workout at Scottsdale Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
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Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistMarch 14, 2016

Johnny Cueto, one of the San Francisco Giants' two big offseason acquisitions, is not expected to miss any game time after passing concussion tests after being hit in the head by a line drive on Monday.

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Cueto Comments on Injury

Wednesday, March 16

Cueto stated he would make his next scheduled start, per Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area.

Pavlovic also noted "Cueto has repeatedly passed concussion tests and on Wednesday morning he took his cap off to show reporters that a nasty bump on his forehead had completely disappeared." Pavlovic provided more from Cueto:

"I feel good," Cueto said. "Pretty good. Everything is fine."

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Lighting is notoriously poor during spring training night games, and Cueto said he didn't see the ball until it was right in front of his face. It nicked off his glove and then glanced off his forehead, landing in the outfield. Cueto threw a couple of warm-up pitches and then stayed in to complete three innings.

"It's part of the game," he said through translator Erwin Higueros. "I just wanted to stay in as long as I could. It wasn't just to build my pitch count. It was because I felt normal. It didn't bother me."


Cueto Placed in Concussion Protocol

Monday, March 14

Cueto was being checked by team doctors for a concussion, according to Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle. He will be observed for concussion symptoms, per Schulman, but manager Bruce Bochy believed Cueto would be fine. Pavlovic noted Cueto had a bump on his forehead but didn't show signs of having a concussion. 

A line drive off the bat of Billy Burns of the Oakland Athletics hit Cueto in the head, as Casey Pratt of CSNBayArea.com shared:

He would continue to pitch after trainers checked on him, but he was taken back to Scottsdale Stadium to be further examined, per Schulman


Cueto Struggling to Shake Injury Bug

Injuries have always been bubbling under the surface with Cueto, even though he's been able to avoid a major problem in the past two seasons.

Cueto missed time early in 2015 as a member of the Cincinnati Reds with elbow stiffness, though an MRI revealed no structural damage, and he was able to return without going on the disabled list.

Injuries have slowed the 30-year-old throughout his career, as he's crossed the 180-inning threshold just four times in eight seasons. When healthy, he's one of the best pitchers in baseball, with two top-five finishes in National League Cy Young Award voting (2012 and 2014).

Cueto wasn't his normal self after Kansas City acquired him last July. He had a 1.45 WHIP and 4.76 ERA in 13 starts following the trade, but he did end things on a high note with a complete-game two-hitter in Game 2 of the World Series against the New York Mets.

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