Giants starters Johnny Cueto (elbow), Jeff Samardzija (shoulder) to come off DL this week

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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Johnny Cueto will return to the San Francisco Giants' rotation on Thursday against the St. Louis Cardinals and Jeff Samardzija will return Saturday, manager Bruce Bochy told reporters Tuesday.

Cueto has been sidelined since May 1 with a strained right elbow. Samardzija has been out since May 30 with tightness in his right shoulder.

With Cueto returning, Derek Holland will move to the bullpen, Bochy said. Dereck Rodriguez, who was to be Thursday's starter, will start Friday instead.

Cueto, who is 3-0 with an 0.84 ERA in five starts this season, pitched 7 2/3 scoreless innings in two rehab appearances at Triple-A Sacramento. Samardzija, 1-4 with a 6.56 ERA in eight starts, was hit hard in two rehab starts, going 0-2 with a 7.32 ERA. He allowed six home runs.

Holland is 5-7 with a 4.36 ERA in 17 starts this season.