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Cueto's rehab start pushed back by illness

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Johnny Cueto felt ill Monday, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said, forcing the right-hander to skip his scheduled injury rehabilitation start for Triple-A Sacramento against Albuquerque.

Bochy said Cueto, who felt fit enough to play catch, should be able to start Tuesday for Sacramento.

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Johnny Cueto felt ill Monday, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said, forcing the right-hander to skip his scheduled injury rehabilitation start for Triple-A Sacramento against Albuquerque.

Bochy said Cueto, who felt fit enough to play catch, should be able to start Tuesday for Sacramento.

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Cueto, who's 6-7 with a 4.59 ERA, is recovering from a mild right flexor strain, incurred as he was overcoming blister problems that bothered him throughout most of the season. Last season's All-Star Game starter for the National League hasn't pitched for the Giants since July 14.

Monday's scratch should barely affect Cueto's timetable for rejoining San Francisco's starting rotation. He'll likely make another rehab start Sunday or Monday before returning to the Giants.

• Second baseman Joe Panik (concussion) participated in pregame drills, a likely precursor to performing Tuesday for Sacramento. Since Sacramento has a scheduled off-day Wednesday, Panik probably will get his work in with Class A Advanced San Jose on Wednesday. His schedule beyond that has not been announced.

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.

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