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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.

Mattingly: Marlins sidelined by virus are ‘feeling great’

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BUFFALO, N.Y. — Maimi Marlins players sidelined by COVID-19 are all asymptomatic, and some have applied for reinstatement, according to manager Don Mattingly.

The Marlins placed 17 players on the injured list last week following an outbreak in Philadelphia that forced seven games to be postponed. The infected players returned to Miami to be quarantined, and will likely need rehab workouts before rejoining the team.

“They feeling great,” Mattingly said. “They all feel like they’re ready to go. There are a lot of guys who have applied for reinstatement. How long that takes, I’m not sure. But they feel like they’re ready to at least get back and start doing something.”

Players on the COVID-19 injury list must be cleared by the MLB joint committee before returning.

Mattingly made his comments before the Marlins’ game against the Blue Jays in Buffalo, where they concluded a season-opening trip that turned into a 23-day marathon because of scheduling changes necessitated by the outbreak.

The team plays at Marlins Park for the first time this season Friday against Atlanta.