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Johnny Cueto draws first start for White Sox

Sep 30, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Johnny Cueto (47) throws against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the third inning at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago White Sox called up two-time All-Star Johnny Cueto to start against the Kansas City Royals on Monday night.

It will be the first start for the 36-year-old Cueto in a White Sox uniform.

In a corresponding move, the White Sox optioned infielder Danny Mendick to Triple-A Charlotte.

Cueto signed a minor league contract with Chicago last month. The right-hander pitched the last six seasons with the San Francisco Giants and became a free agent in November. Cueto went 7-7 with a 4.08 ERA in 22 appearances (21 starts) in 2021. He has a career mark of 135-97 with a 3.45 ERA.

Cueto went 0-1 with a 5.17 ERA and 17 strikeouts in four starts with Charlotte.

Mendick, 28, is hitting .217 with two doubles, one home run and three RBI in 11 games over two stints with the White Sox this season.

–Field Level Media