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Johnny Cueto making season debut tonight

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The Giants announced on Tuesday that starter Johnny Cueto has been activated from the 60-day injured list. In a related roster move, Williams Jerez has been designated for assignment.

Cueto, 33, will be making his season debut tonight against the Pirates, starting opposite Mitch Keller. Cueto underwent Tommy John surgery in August last year. He performed well in six rehab appearances, allowing 10 runs (eight earned) on 20 hits and a walk with 21 strikeouts across 21 1/3 innings.

Cueto has two more years remaining on his contract $21 million each plus a 2022 club option worth $22 million with a $5 million buyout. So far in his Giants career, he has had one outstanding season, one ineffective season, and two heavily injury-shortened seasons.

Indians to activate José Ramírez tomorrow

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Indians slugger José Ramírez broke the hamate bone on his right hand last month and had surgery on August 26 to repair it. At the time he was given the same schedule most hamate bone surgery recipients get: 5-7 weeks if all goes well. Apparently all has gone better-than-well for Ramírez, however, because the Indians are going to activate him tomorrow.

That’s good news for the Indians, who are in a dead heat with the Tampa Bay Rays for the AL’s second Wild Card with six games to go.

Ramírez, like his team, started the season slowly, but he had turned things on in July and August to help fuel Cleveland’s surge into playoff contention. He hit .320/.340/.680 with nine homers and 25 driven in in July and was hitting .321/.372/.705 with six homers and 20 driven in August when he went down. Basically, he had been a better version of the Ramírez who won the Silver Slugger Award and came in third in the MVP balloting in 2018, at least for those two months.

It’ll be interesting to see how rusty he is or if the surgery has sapped his power or bat speed. We’ll only have six games in which to see it, though.