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Giants place Johnny Cueto on 10-day disabled list with blisters

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Giants’ right-hander Johnny Cueto landed on the 10-day disabled list with blister-related issues, the team announced Saturday. Cueto was removed from his start on Friday after just four innings and is expected to miss two starts while he rehabs painful spots on his fingers. He was replaced by returning ace Madison Bumgarner, who resumed his spot in the rotation for the first time since his dirt bike accident in mid-April.

Following Friday’s 5-4 win over the Padres, Cueto told reporters that he felt hot spots on three fingers of his right hand, which affected his ability to grip the ball and led to his shortest start since 2015. He attributed the blister-like spots to a change in the baseball itself, a claim that was later backed up by manager Bruce Bochy prior to Saturday’s game.

“I feel the ball tight,” Cueto said in a postgame interview (via John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle). “This is the first time I’ve had blisters in my career.”

He may be on to something there. Cueto, 31, is 6-7 in 19 starts this season with a 4.59 ERA, 3.2 BB/9 and 8.0 SO/9 through 115 2/3 innings. He’s nearly doubled the walk per nine innings mark he set in 2016 and his 4.00+ ERA is the highest it’s been since his rookie season in 2008. Friday’s abbreviated start was just the latest in a string of rough outings, totaling 12 runs, 13 walks and 10 strikeouts over his last three starts and 15 innings.

Report: Mets showing interest in Bartolo Colon

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Last month, free agent right-hander Bartolo Colon told reporters that he’d be open to taking a minor league deal in 2018, but only if he was guaranteed a return to the Mets’ system. The 44-year-old starter is nearing the end of a 20-year career, and it makes sense that he’d want to have one last hurrah in the city where he had some of his most productive years.

Now, Twins starter Ervin Santana tells Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press, it looks like the Mets might also be open to a reunion. It’s doubtful that Colon has all that much left in the tank, especially following a combined 7-14 record and 6.48 ERA for the Braves and Twins last year, but he’s not necessarily looking to reproduce the 15+ win, sub-4.00 ERA totals of years past.

Instead, Santana says, Colon is seeking the opportunity to win just six more games. He’ll enter the 2018 season five wins shy of the all-time record for a Latin American-born player, and is hoping to claim that title for himself before he enters retirement in 2019. Former Orioles and Expos hurler Dennis Martinez currently holds the record after clinching his 245th win back in 1998. While it took Colon a full season of starts to come up with even seven wins in 2017, he’s only one year removed from a 15-win campaign in 2016. Provided that the Mets are willing to gamble on him again, the milestone may not be that far out of reach.