Cueto joins White Sox, to make ’22 debut vs. KCon May 16, 2022 at 8:36 pm

The Chicago White Sox have purchased the contract of veteran pitcher Johnny Cueto, who will make his season debut Monday against the Kansas City Royals.

Cueto, 36, joined the White Sox last month on a one-year deal worth up to $4.2 million and has made four starts at Triple-A Charlotte, posting a 5.17 ERA and 17 strikeouts over 15 2/3 innings.

The White Sox hope Cueto, a two-time All-Star, will help stabilize their short-handed starting rotation.

Lance Lynn, who pitched to a 2.69 ERA last season, is still recovering from knee surgery in April and hopes to rejoin the team later this month, while Lucas Giolito is currently on the COVID-19 injury list and also missed two starts last month because of an abdominal strain.

Cueto went 7-7 with a 4.08 ERA last season in 22 games — 21 starts — with the San Francisco Giants. The White Sox optioned infielder Danny Mendick to Charlotte to create a roster spot for Cueto.

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