SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Right-hander Johnny Cueto was struck out of his scheduled start in San Francisco on Monday night against Milwaukee due to cold and flu symptoms, while his starting Giants colleague Alex Wood tested positive for COVID- 19 and has symptoms.
Cueto, who tested negative, has been put on the COVID-related injured list.
Wood has a headache and a sore throat – “he’s not feeling well at all,” manager Gabe Kapler said.
Cueto, who tested negative for the coronavirus on his return last week from a funeral in his native Dominican Republic and again on Monday, had not been ruled out from pitching Tuesday in game two of a four-game series between the division heads of the NL.
“He hasn’t tested positive for COVID but he’s not doing well today,” Kapler said. “We will be checking in with him throughout the day and doing our best to get him healthy as quickly as possible.”
Second baseman Tommy La Stella was also knocked out late in the series opener with tension in his left side.
Left-handed reliever José Álvarez replaced Cueto to start on Monday and the Giants also added pitching depth by claiming José Quintana from the Angels.
With infielder Donovan Solano already battling COVID-19 and quarantined at a New York City hotel, Kapler said he would speak to the team to be even more vigilant in the future with precautions such as that wearing masks indoors – and even outdoors if necessary, as some players did when they entered the field to practice batting, because “we’ve all kind of raised the level of sensitivity, ”according to Kapler.
“I think it’s a real concern. It doesn’t make us unique in any way, ”Kapler said. “We know that many clubs have faced the virus and dealt with it successfully. I am also convinced that there are other clubs facing similar circumstances and challenges now and we are just going to do our best under those circumstances. We’ve done a really good job this season adapting and adapting.
The Giants returned home from a road trip through New York and Atlanta with the best record in the majors at 84-46.
San Francisco has recalled right-hander John Brebbia and infielder Jason Vosler from Triple-A Sacramento.
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