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Matt Cain | Starting Pitcher

Team: San Francisco Giants
Age / DOB:  (30) / 10/1/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 230
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Matt Cain (elbow, ankle) is on track to make a start during the first week of Cactus League play.
Cain was a bit behind the Giants' other starters when he arrived at spring training in Arizona, but that was by design. The right-hander needed surgery in August to remove painful bone chips and spurs from his right elbow and then underwent a minor procedure in September on his right ankle. He should be 100 percent for the beginning of the 2015 regular season. Feb 26 - 2:37 PM

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Giants manager Bruce Bochy told reporters Thursday that Matt Cain (elbow) isn't yet throwing off a mound every other day like his fellow starting pitchers.

It's just a precautionary measure and Cain should be able to catch up over the next seven weeks. The veteran right-hander underwent surgery last August to remove bone chips and spurs from his right elbow, and he then needed an operation in September to get rid of a bone spur in his right ankle. He should be ready for the beginning of the 2015 regular season.
Feb 19 - 2:30 PM

Matt Cain (elbow, ankle) expects to be on pretty close to a normal throwing schedule when spring training begins.

Cain had surgery last August to remove bone chips and spurs in his right elbow and an operation in September to get rid of a bone spur in his right ankle. He's been throwing five times per week and is slated to throw off a mound for a second time this winter on Friday. "I feel like I'm 18 again," Cain said. "I feel as good as I did when I first signed with these guys." The veteran righty is trying to rebound in 2015 after hold a 4.18 ERA in just 15 starts last season.
Feb 6 - 1:52 PM

Giants activated RHP Matt Cain from the 60-day disabled list.

Cain had surgery in August for bone chips and spurs in his right elbow and then had another procedure in September to remove a bone spur from his right ankle. He'll hope for better luck on the injury front in 2015.
Tue, Nov 4, 2014 09:16:00 AM

Matt Cain underwent surgery recently to remove a painful bone spur from his right ankle.

Cain was shut down for the season in early August after needing surgery for bone chips and spurs in his right elbow. The surgery on his ankle came as a surprise to the Giants, but he is still expected to be fine for the start of spring training next February. He was 2-7 with a 4.18 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, and 70/32 K/BB ratio in 90 1/3 innings this year for San Francisco.
Sat, Sep 27, 2014 04:50:00 PM

Giants transferred RHP Matt Cain from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

The move makes some room on the 40-man roster. Cain is out for the season following surgery to remove bone chips and bone spurs from his right elbow.
Mon, Sep 1, 2014 10:18:00 PM

Matt Cain underwent successful surgery Tuesday to remove bone chips and bone spurs from his right elbow.

Cain recently admitted that he's been dealing with the injury since high school and it finally became too painful to pitch through. He'll need three months of rehab and should be fine for spring training.
Tue, Aug 12, 2014 07:45:00 PM

Matt Cain will undergo season-ending surgery next Monday to remove bone chips from his right elbow.

The expectation was that Cain was unlikely to pitch again this season, but it's now official. Recovery time is expected to be around three months, so he should be ready to go for spring training next year assuming all goes well with his rehab.
Mon, Aug 4, 2014 04:33:00 PM

Matt Cain (elbow) is expected to undergo season-ending surgery.

Reports had indicated earlier that he would hold off for now in a long shot hope to pitch later this season, but it sounds like he'll go under the knife soon. Cain has dealt with bone chips in his right elbow for 10 years and it's finally causing enough pain to where he can't pitch. The rehab will last three months, so he'll be fine for spring training next season.
Fri, Aug 1, 2014 05:43:00 PM

Matt Cain revealed Friday that he's had bone chips in his throwing elbow for 10 years.

"Now they're mad and they're letting me know about it," he said. Cain needs surgery to remove the chips, but he's holding off for now in hopes of returning late this season. It's probably a long shot but worth the gamble since he'll be ready for spring training even if he delays surgery. The rehab from the procedure will take three months. Cain played catch from 60 feet Friday.
Fri, Aug 1, 2014 05:05:00 PM

Matt Cain has elected not to undergo surgery to remove loose bodies in his right elbow.

He'll need to have them taken out eventually, but Cain has opted to hold off for now in hopes of pitching again this season. Cain resumed playing catch on Friday, but there's no timetable for the veteran right-hander's return and it's still probably a long shot that he comes back this year.
Fri, Aug 1, 2014 03:34:00 PM

According to Andrew Baggarly of, Matt Cain does not have any damage in the ulnar collateral ligament of his right elbow.

It was easy to fear the worst when it was reported that Cain was scheduled to see Dr. James Andrews, but it appears that he has avoided the worst-case scenario. Still, apparently he's dealing with "loose bodies" in the elbow and the Giants are discussing how to proceed. There should be more clarity on his status soon, but it doesn't look like he'll be pitching for the Giants in the near future.
Thu, Jul 31, 2014 05:50:00 PM

Matt Cain has scheduled a visit with Dr. James Andrews.

That's usually not good news. Cain has failed to make any progress in his rehabilitation from right elbow inflammation and may now be facing surgery. The right-hander could be done for the year no matter what.
Tue, Jul 29, 2014 05:15:00 PM

Matt Cain has not been making progress in his early rehabilitation from an elbow injury.

Cain has been out with right elbow inflammation since July 11 and there's no timetable for his return. He will get another round of tests done next week. It's possible that the right-hander won't return this season -- and that's a big part of the reason why the Giants were so aggressive in trading for Jake Peavy.
Sat, Jul 26, 2014 06:50:00 PM

Matt Cain underwent an MRI which ruled any ligament damage in his right elbow.

That's good news, but Cain still felt soreness playing catch after he received a cortisone shot before the All-Star break, so the Giants have placed him on the disabled list. There's no clear timetable for his return.
Mon, Jul 21, 2014 04:58:00 PM

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