Upcoming exam will reveal extent of Johnny Cueto's elbow injury

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Saturday, May 5, 2018

ATLANTA -- Injured San Francisco Giants pitcher Johnny Cueto will have his ailing right elbow examined on Monday by Dr. James Andrews in Gulf Breeze, Florida.

Cueto was placed on the disabled list this week with inflammation in his right elbow after going 3-0 with a major league-leading 0.84 ERA in five starts. Cueto hopes to avoid season-ending Tommy John surgery.

Said Giants manager Bruce Bochy: "We'll know Monday exactly what's going to happen."

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.