|May 18 6:05 PM PT7:05 PM MT8:05 PM CT9:05 PM ET21:05 ET1:05 GMT9:05 6:05 PM MST8:05 PM EST7:05 PM CST8:35 PM VEN5:05 UAE (+1)8:05 PM CT-Cueto threw a bullpen session Saturday, and the team was encouraged enough for manager Bruce Bochy to say the club hopes Cueto can return toward the end of this season. Cueto, who had major elbow surgery last August, was 18-5 in 2016 and selected to the All-Star game, but has since gone 11-10 in the last two years combined.
Analysis: Cueto threw off flat ground Saturday, and the hope is that next week he will throw breaking balls and changeups. If Cueto comes back in September, it will be as a starting pitcher, Bochy said. Cueto, 33, has been a starter since breaking into the majors in 2008 with the Cincinnati Reds.