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Matt Cain | Starting Pitcher | #18

Team: San Francisco Giants
Age / DOB:  (31) / 10/1/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 230
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2002 / Rd. 1 (25) / SF
Contract: view contract details

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Matt Cain surrendered 10 hits and four runs over 5 2/3 innings Sunday in the Giants' loss to the Marlins.
Cain wasn't able to finish off the three-game sweep for the Giants, yielding runs in the third, fourth, fifth, and sixth innings in what officially went down as a no-decision. He gave up a solo bomb to Giancarlo Stanton in the top of the fourth, but eight of the other nine hits were singles. The veteran right-hander will try for better results next weekend at Citi Field. He has an ugly 6.43 ERA and 1.67 WHIP in 21 innings (four starts) this season. Apr 24 - 7:23 PM

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Matt Cain turned in a listless start in Tuesday's loss to the Diamondbacks, surrendering three runs on five hits over 4 2/3 innings.

Cain walked four and struck out just two on the evening. He actually started off well enough, managing to keep the Diamondbacks off the scoreboard until the fifth inning. At which point he crashed into a metaphorical brick wall. The veteran right-hander surrendered a double to Chris Owings to open the frame. After D-Backs starter Robbie Ray provided the obligatory sacrifice, Cain would surrender three consecutive runs on a single (Jean Segura), triple (Jake Lamb) and sacrifice fly (Paul Goldschmidt). Cain would stay in to face two more batters -- surrendering singles to both -- before he was yanked from the contest. Through three starts (15 1/3 innings), he has surrendered 11 runs with a 12/6 K/BB ratio. The veteran should settle in eventually. He will try to start that process when he faces the Marlins in San Francisco for his next scheduled start.
Apr 20 - 1:25 AM

Matt Cain was tagged for six runs in 4 2/3 innings by the Rockies in a loss at Coors Field on Thursday.

Coors is playing pretty huge offensively so far this season, so this isn't exactly a disaster for Cain. After all, he did strike out seven and walk just one. His stuff is better than it was last year, too, so while he's not a mixed-league option just yet, he might be later.
Apr 14 - 7:51 PM

Matt Cain surrendered two runs in six innings Friday against the Dodgers.

For a long time, it seemed like Cain's encouraging showing might be the only positive of the night for the Giants. That didn't end up being the case, but it's still a very good thing that he turned in a nifty start against one of the league's top offenses. He allowed six hits, walked one and struck out three. Only Joc Pederson's double went for extra bases. It's going to take a few more of these to make Cain trustworthy in mixed leagues, but the potential is there.
Apr 9 - 1:57 AM

Matt Cain allowed three runs -- one earned -- over five innings in his final spring tuneup against the A's on Saturday.

Cain served up a solo homer to Khris Davis but otherwise held the A's to one hit and two walks. He struck out one on the afternoon. There was some concern that Cain wouldn't be ready for the start of the season, but his extended outing -- he threw 88 pitches before exiting -- likely puts that to bed. He's set to make his season debut on April 8.
Apr 2 - 6:36 PM

Giants manager Bruce Bochy maintains confidence that Matt Cain will be ready for the start of the regular season.

Cain will get his work in on Monday at the club's minor league facility where they can better regulate his pitch count. While he's expected to be ready for his first turn through the rotation on April 8, it remains highly unlikely that the veteran right-hander makes it through the season without any health issues.
Mar 26 - 2:24 PM

Matt Cain was rocked in Wednesday's loss to the Diamondbacks, surrendering six runs on seven hits across four innings.

Among the seven hits Cain allowed, a pair of home runs. Chris Owings whacked a solo shot off him in the first inning, while Jeremy Lamb did likewise in the fourth inning. The veteran right-hander is working his way back from having a cyst removed from his arm earlier in the spring and probably won't be ready for Opening Day. Injuries have been a near-constant concern for Cain of late and the last time he pitched over 100 innings came in 2013. He makes for uncertain fantasy option.
Mar 23 - 8:06 PM

Matt Cain was a bit rusty in his Cactus League debut on Friday, allowing three runs on seven hits over his 2 2/3 innings of work.

The veteran right-hander also issued three free passes while striking out one. As expected, Cain showed signs of rust and struggled with his command at times, but the important takeaway is that he came out of the outing healthy. Barring any setbacks, he's expected to be ready in early-to-mid April.
Mar 19 - 8:11 AM

Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Friday that Matt Cain could potentially be ready in time for the start of the regular season.

Cain will make his Cactus League debut on Friday, where the Giants hope to get him between 60 and 80 pitches. The veteran right-hander is slated to begin the season as the club's fifth starter. Even if he isn't ready to take his first turn through the rotation, it sounds as though he'll be cleared shortly after.
Mar 18 - 9:24 PM

Matt Cain (arm) is expected to make his Cactus League debut on Friday.

Cain faced hitters Monday for the first time since having a cyst removed from his upper right arm in late February. Assuming his arm bounces back OK, he should be ready to go Friday. Being ready for the start of the season could be a stretch, but he's moving in the right direction.
Mar 14 - 7:46 PM

Matt Cain (arm) was scheduled to throw to hitters Monday.

Cain was shut down early in Giants' camp after having a cyst removed from his upper right arm, but he's making good progress. He's expected to begin the year on the disabled list, but should only have to miss a turn or two if things go as planned.
Mar 14 - 6:01 PM

According to Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area, it's "pretty unlikely" Matt Cain (arm) will be ready for Opening Day.

Cain missed about a week of action after having a cyst removed from his upper arm and manager Bruce Bochy doesn't want him to rush back. Cain seems to be on board with Bochy's plan. "If we miss one to be able to go the rest of the season and not be worried about anything again, that's what we'll have to do," said Cain. "That's the biggest thing." The injury-prone right-hander made only 11 starts in 2015.
Mar 12 - 8:27 PM

Matt Cain (arm) threw a successful bullpen 35-pitch session on Saturday.

By all accounts, everything appeared to go fine. The next step in his recovery process will be throwing live batting practice, which could happen early next week. Barring any setbacks, it appears that the veteran right-hander is on track to be ready for the start of the regular season.
Mar 12 - 1:00 PM

Matt Cain (arm) threw on flat ground Wednesday.

Cain was shut down for a week after having a cyst removed from his upper arm but has already resumed throwing. He did a little bit of everything on Wednesday, throwing long toss, working from the stretch and even mixing in a few breaking pitches. The next step for Cain will be throwing off a mound.
Mar 9 - 3:28 PM

Matt Cain (arm) is expected to resume throwing on Sunday or Monday.

Cain had a cyst removed earlier this spring and just had his stitches come out on Friday. It's still unclear how much time Cain will need before he's ready to appear in a Cactus League game, but there's little doubt about his Opening Day status.
Mar 5 - 9:27 PM

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