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Cueto poised for Tuesday return vs. D-backs

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SAN DIEGO -- Giants right-hander Johnny Cueto passed the necessary physical tests on Saturday to convince manager Bruce Bochy that his sprained left ankle will be sufficiently healed to enable him to face the D-backs on Tuesday.

Cueto went on the disabled list on April 10, retroactive to April 7. He threw to hitters and off a bullpen mound and performed various fielding drills such as covering first base and handling comebackers on the mound.

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SAN DIEGO -- Giants right-hander Johnny Cueto passed the necessary physical tests on Saturday to convince manager Bruce Bochy that his sprained left ankle will be sufficiently healed to enable him to face the D-backs on Tuesday.

Cueto went on the disabled list on April 10, retroactive to April 7. He threw to hitters and off a bullpen mound and performed various fielding drills such as covering first base and handling comebackers on the mound.

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Asked whether he thought that Cueto could rejoin the starting rotation on Tuesday, Bochy replied, "I would say right now it looks like a go."

Cueto, who's 1-0 with an 0.69 ERA in two starts, also sounded upbeat.

"I think I should be able to field the position, and everything I did today was to test that," Cueto said through interpreter Erwin Higueros.

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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