Giants’ Cueto out with cold, Wood tests positive for COVID-19

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Giants’ Cueto out with cold, Wood tests positive for COVID-19

SAN FRANCISCO — Right-handed Johnny Cueto was scratched Monday night during his scheduled start for San Francisco against Milwaukee due to cold and flu-like symptoms, while fellow Giants starter Alex Wood tested positive for COVID-19 and is experiencing symptoms.

Cueto, who tested negative, was placed on the COVID-related injured list.

Wood has a headache and sore throat – “he’s not feeling well at all,” said manager Gabe Kapler.

Cueto, who tested negative for the coronavirus last week when he returned from a funeral in his native Dominican Republic last week and again Monday, was not ruled out on Tuesday in the second game of a set of four games between NL division leaders.

“He hasn’t tested positive for COVID, but he’s not well today,” Kapler said. “We will visit him again throughout the day and do our best to get him healthy as soon as possible.”

Second baseman Tommy La Stella was also a late scratch for the series opener with tightness in his left side.

Lefty reliever Jose Alvarez replaced Cueto to start Monday and the Giants also added some depth by claiming Jose Quintana from the Angels.

With infielder Donovan Solano already dealing with COVID-19 and quarantined at a New York hotel, Kapler said he would talk to the team about being even more vigilant going forward with precautions such as wearing masks indoors — and even outside if necessary, as some players did when they entered the field to bat, because “we’ve all ramped up the sensitivity level a little bit,” Kapler said.

“I think it’s a real concern. That doesn’t make us unique in any way,” Kapler said. “We know that many clubs have tackled the virus and have dealt with it successfully. I am also confident that there are other clubs that are now facing similar circumstances and challenges and we are just going to do our best under the circumstances. We have this did a really good job of adapting and adapting us.”

The Giants returned home from a road trip through New York and Atlanta with the best record in the majors at 84-46.

San Francisco recalled righthander John Brebbia and infielder Jason Vosler from Triple-A Sacramento.

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