Cueto, Crawford might be able to return Sunday

Cueto, Crawford might be able to return Sunday

SAN DIEGO -- The slight possibility exists that shortstop Brandon Crawford and right-hander Johnny Cueto, who sustained injuries Tuesday, could resume playing on the same day: Sunday, in the Giants' series finale against the San Diego Padres.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy indicated he'll announce Saturday whether Cueto, who strained his left groin, will attempt to make his scheduled start Sunday. Cueto played catch on flat ground Friday and even displayed his characteristic pitching motion in which he turns his back to the hitter.

Asked how his throwing session went, Cueto replied in Spanish, "Bien [well]."

Bochy has dropped no hints regarding who would replace Cueto if he can't pitch. Speculation continues to surround rookie left-hander Ty Blach and veteran righties Matt Cain and Jake Peavy.

Bochy said Crawford, who dislocated his left pinkie while sliding into third base, was "doubtful" to play Saturday but "possibly" could perform Sunday. Crawford also played catch and was expected to test his injury further by swinging a bat.

With Crawford sidelined, utility man Ehire Adrianza started his third game in a row at shortstop and fourth consecutive overall (he played second base to open this streak).

Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.