Cueto called up by the White Sox, to start against the Royals


Ahead of Monday’s series opener in Kansas City, the Chicago White Sox bought double right-handed All-Star pitcher Johnny Cueto from Triple-A Charlotte and signed infielder Danny Mendick to Charlotte. Cueto will start Monday’s game at Kauffman Stadium.

Cueto, 36, is 0-1 with a 5.17 ERA (9 ER/15.2 IP) and 17 strikeouts in four starts with Charlotte after signing with Chicago as a free agent from the Minor League on April 8. He will wear uniform number 47.

The 5-foot-11, 225-pound Cueto spent the entire 2021 season with San Francisco, going 7-7 with a 4.08 ERA (52 ER/114.2 IP) and 98 strikeouts in 22 starts on the season last. Cueto’s win, IP and strikeout totals were his highest since 2017.

Cueto had three 18+ seasons, five 150+ strikeout seasons, and four 200.0+ SI seasons. He’s a two-time All-Star (2014, ’16) and led the National League with 242 strikeouts in 2014. Cueto is 135-97 with a 3.45 ERA (780 ER/2,034.1 IP), 1,710 strikeouts, 17 complete games and eight shutouts in 330 career appearances (329 starts) in 14 major league seasons with the Reds (2008-2015), Royals (2015) and Giants (2016 -21).

Cueto has made eight playoff starts with Cincinnati (2010, 12-13), Kansas City (2015) and San Francisco (2016). He helped lead the Royals to the 2015 World Series championship after being acquired from the Reds on a four-man deal on July 26, 2015. Cueto allowed a run on two hits in a comprehensive win in fall game 2. Classic against the Mets.

He was originally signed by the Reds as an international free agent on March 8, 2004 at the age of 18 from the Dominican Republic. Cueto ranks among the all-time leaders for Dominican-born pitchers in ERA (4th), wins (T5th), starts (6th), IP (7th), and strikeouts (7th). Among active right-handed pitchers, he ranks fifth in starts, wins, PI and ERA, ninth in strikeouts, and 10th in winning percentage.

Mendick, 28, is .217 (5-23) with two doubles, a home run and three RBIs in 11 games in two stints with the White Sox this season.

The White Sox roster increases to 40. Third base coach Joe McEwing will move to uniform No. 99.


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