Johnny Cueto to miss his next scheduled start due to a strained groin

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CSN Bay Area’s Alex Pavlovic reports that Giants starter Johnny Cueto won’t make his next scheduled start, which would have been on Sunday against the Padres. Manager Bruce Bochy said Cueto could rejoin the rotation after Monday’s off day. The Giants will host the Rockies for a three-game set before closing up the regular season with three against the Dodgers at home.

Cueto suffered a Grade 1 strain of his groin during Tuesday’s start against the Dodgers. To that point, he had tossed 5 1/3 scoreless innings on eight hits and two walks with six strikeouts.

Cueto, 30, inked a six-year, $130 million contract with the Giants this past offseason and has certainly delivered. He’s carrying a 17-5 record, a 2.79 ERA, and a 187/44 K/BB ratio in 212 2/3 innings. If the Giants are able to sneak into the NLDS somehow, their rotation will be worrisome for whomever their opponent might be.

Dodgers sign OF Jason Heyward to minor league deal

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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers signed outfielder Jason Heyward to a minor league deal and invited him to spring training.

The 33-year-old was released by the Chicago Cubs earlier this offseason.

Heyward, who was injured at times last season, put up the worst offensive numbers of his career, batting .204 and with 10 RBIs and one home run in 137 plate appearances. However, he’s a valuable defender in the outfield.

The deal reunites Heyward with first baseman Freddie Freeman. They came up through the Atlanta Braves system and have remained friends ever since.

Heyward was a leader in the Cubs’ clubhouse, helping them win the 2016 World Series.