Johnny Cueto had his first rough outing in a Chicago White Sox uniform on Friday night. The Arizona Diamondbacks got all the runs they needed early. They took the series opener by a score of 7-2.
The 2022 White Sox club has been snake-bitten by injuries all season. It’s one of the all too frequent reminders of a frustrating season. Yoan Moncada and Luis Robert were out of the lineup with their respective injuries. However, what was uncharacteristic in Friday’s game was the atrocious outing by Johnny Cueto. Cueto’s streak of 10 quality starts came to end early on.
The veteran righty was charged with a season-high seven runs. Six of the seven runs came in the second inning. The dagger came via a three-run double from Josh Rojas, and Emmanual Rivera capped off the inning with a two-run homer. Cueto allowed a solo homer in the second to Daulton Varsho to give Arizona a 7-0 lead. Cueto tossed 5.0 innings, allowed five hits, fanned four, and walked two.
The loss was the White Sox seventh in their last nine games and dropped the team back to .500 (63-63). They remain four games behind the first-place Cleveland Guardians in the AL Central. It was a performance that garnered more boos from the home crowd.
Meanwhile, in the trainer’s room, Tony La Russa stated that Luis Robert would need a few days off. A test on his wrist revealed a bone bruise and inflammation. La Russa ruled out Robert heading to the 10-day injured list.
“If he gets the weekend off and (with) the day off Monday and all of a sudden he’s ready Tuesday, he’s definitely worth it,” La Russa said.
Third baseman Yoan Moncada did not play due to left hamstring tightness but could return Saturday, per Tony La Russa.
Left fielder Eloy Jimenez left the game in the ninth, he appeared to limp while running out an infield single in the sixth.
Tim Anderson will play for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic. Anderson continued his rehab by performing drills with a bandage around his left hand before the game.
What’s On Tap Next?
Davis Martin will go for the White Sox against the Diamondbacks' Merrill Kelly on Saturday. The game will air on NBC Sports Chicago and Sox On Tap will have the postgame.