Giants right-hander Johnny Cueto is making quick progress in his recovery in August 2018 Tommy John surgery and may reunite this September, director Bruce Bochy told reporters Saturday (via Kerry Crowley of the Bay Area News Group and Andrew Baggarly of The Sport ).

After Cueto threw a bullpen session,” Bochy declared:”He surprised a lot of us with just how hard he was throwing and command. He is in wonderful shape. What you saw now, you’ve got a believe he’ll be casting ahead of the growing season has ended.”

This ’s a welcome piece of news to the Giants, that, at 18-25, are on pace to their next straight sub-.500 season. The team’s woes this season have come thanks in part to its disappointing starting staff, that entered Saturday last from the majors at fWAR (minus-0.5) and 25th at ERA (5.20). Though the latter ’ s peripherals aren ’ t almost as encouraging Jeff Samardzija and Madison Bumgarner have offered run prevention numbers to this particular point. While inclusion Drew Pomeranz floundered before heading on May 9 Mean time, 2018 success stories Dereck Rodriguez and Derek Holland recently lost their spots from the Giants ’ turning.

Moving forward, it’s uncertain which members of this group will be on San Francisco’s roster. Bumgarner, the most effective of the bunch, is this summer an free agent at which the non-contending team can trade, and Pomeranz and Holland are on track to join . With that in mind, somebody will need to eat innings for the Giants at 2020, and if he’s at full strength by afterward, Cueto would be the option on a Bumgarner-less staff.

Since the team handed him a six-year, $130MM warranty in free service for San Francisco, the 33-year-old Cueto has been a celebrity. The prior genius did record 219 2/3 innings of 2.79 ERA/2.96 FIP chunk in Year of the contract, but he’s got combined for just 200 1/3 – including 5-3 at 2018 – ever since afterward. When Cueto managed to select the mountain throughout this long run interval, he had been no where near the front-end starter he used to be, evidenced with his own 4.18 ERA/4.55 FIP. But the Giants can simply hope to get a late-2019 return along with a quick re birth from Cueto, who has a guaranteed $47MM left his deal (including a $5MM buyout at 20-22 ) beyond this season.