In what could have been a lost season for Cueto and the Giants, the right-hander has devoted his time to giving dozens of impressionable young players guidance. His work isn't going unnoticed, either.
"I think Johnny providing the leadership that he is with these kids, that's invaluable," Bochy said. "These kids hopefully if they make it, they'll do the same thing."
In the coming weeks, Cueto will take the next step in his recovery process and graduate from the minor league complex. After throwing live batting practice in July, Cueto hopes to pitch in rehab games with Giants' affiliates in August.
If his recovery continues according to plan, Cueto will spend September in the Giants' rotation, giving the club reasons to view the final two years of his contract with optimism.
There's no question the Giants will be better when he returns. So will many of the prospects Cueto worked with along the way.
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