Johnny Cueto Suffers Ankle Injury vs. Mariners

Johnny Cueto Suffers Ankle Injury vs. Mariners

San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Johnny Cueto throws to the plate during the second inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

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San Francisco Giants pitcher Johnny Cueto suffered an ankle injury during Wednesday’s 10-1 victory over the Seattle Mariners at AT&T Park.

According to Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic, the right-hander “tweaked his ankle” and manager Bruce Bochy “wasn’t sure how he got through six innings.”

Despite this setback, Cueto has been relatively durable in recent years, making at least 25 starts in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.

He allowed one earned run and eight hits in Wednesday’s win.

When healthy, Cueto is a force on the mound who posted an ERA of 2.82 or lower every season from 2011 to 2014 as a member of the Cincinnati Reds. He also won a World Series in 2015 with the Kansas City Royals and is a two-time All-Star.

The Giants can ill-afford another injury to their pitching staff, seeing as Madison Bumgarner is out with a fractured hand and Jeff Samardzija is dealing with a pectoral injury.

Ty Blach, Derek Holland and Chris Stratton provide some depth, but it is difficult to envision the Giants challenging in the National League West if Cueto doesn’t remain healthy with Bumgarner already sidelined.