Cueto: No ill effects from liner off head

Cueto: No ill effects from liner off head

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- It was a harrowing event Johnny Cueto hadn't experienced before, but the Giants right-hander emerged relatively unscathed from his first time being struck on the head with a comebacker.

Speaking for the first time since Monday's first-pitch liner off the right side of his head, Cueto said, "Everything's fine." He hadn't experienced any ill effects from the scary incident, and he isn't expected to miss any time in preparation for his first season with the Giants.

"I didn't have any problems with my vision or anything like that, so I continued, because I wanted to get to my pitch count," Cueto said via interpreter Erwin Higueros.

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A's leadoff man Billy Burns ripped Cueto's first pitch right back at him, and after it struck Cueto's head, the ball went far enough into the outfield that Burns took second. Cueto said he saw the ball coming and tried to bring his glove up to stop it, but he couldn't do it in time.

Comebacker hits Cueto

Cueto was immediately examined by trainer Dave Groeschner, who determined along with manager Bruce Bochy that the righty was OK to continue. After an infield single, Josh Reddick hit a three-run homer, but Cueto settled down after that, retiring nine of the final 12 batters he faced.

The right-hander was examined by team physicians at the Giants' complex after he completed his outing, and he was diagnosed with a contusion on his head. On Wednesday, he was all systems go, staying on track for his next start.

"He went through the drills today on the back field with the pitchers, bunting and hitting-and-running and things like that," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "He went through all the drills, so he's good to go. I don't see any problem with him making his next start right now."

The Cueto update was good news for a Giants rotation that has been beaten around a bit, both on the field and physically. Another bit of hopeful news is that Madison Bumgarner, scratched from his last start, is still a possibility to make his next appearance on Saturday.

Cueto, 30, signed a six-year, $130 million contract with the Giants during the offseason. Monday's start was his second of the spring, and he says he's good to go forward and leave his first scary incident with a comebacker behind him.

"I have no after-effects," Cueto said.

John Schlegel is a national reporter for You can follow him on Twitter @JohnSchlegelMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.