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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 lasted only 2 1/3 innings in a loss to the Red Sox on Wednesday, giving up five runs on six hits while striking out only one batter.
Cain's dismal season grows bleaker. All five runs rode home on the three homers he served up. His record falls to 1-6 as his ERA skyrockets to 5.88 in 59 2/3 innings. He lines up for two starts next week if his shell-shocked owners have the courage to use him. Jul 20 - 11:37 PM

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Giants activated RHP Matt Cain from the 15-day disabled list.

Cain will return to the Giants' rotation Wednesday afternoon against the Red Sox. That's a tough matchup, and Cain has a 5.34 ERA and 1.52 WHIP in 57 1/3 innings this year. He just missed five weeks with a hamstring strain.
Jul 20 - 2:33 PM

Matt Cain (hamstring) has officially been cleared to rejoin the Giants' rotation on Wednesday versus the Red Sox.

Cain was hammered for nine runs over four innings in his lone rehab start, but he threw a bullpen session Sunday with no issues and is ready to go. He's not someone you want to rely on in fantasy leagues.
Jul 17 - 3:10 PM

Matt Cain (hamstring) will throw a bullpen session on Sunday.

If it goes well, Cain will return Wednesday against the Red Sox. Cain got lit up for nine runs in only four innings of work Friday in a rehab start for High-A San Jose. The 31-year-old is no longer relevant in fantasy.
Jul 16 - 7:47 PM

Matt Cain (hamstring) is targeting the July 19-20 series against the Red Sox to rejoin the Giants' rotation.

Cain allowed two runs over 5 2/3 innings for Triple-A Sacramento on Friday in his first rehab assignment. He'll make one more rehab start before being cleared to rejoin the big club if all goes well.
Jul 10 - 10:44 AM

Matt Cain (hamstring) will make at least two more rehab starts before he returns to the majors.

Cain will start on Friday for Triple-A Sacramento and will throw in the neighborhood of 65 pitches. He has already been foiled by two trips to the disabled list due to hamstring issues this season. The Giants figure to play matters cautiously with him this time around, lest a third trip materialize from the ether.
Jul 6 - 10:22 PM

Matt Cain (hamstring) is slated to begin a rehab assignment on Friday.

Cain completed a 36-pitch bullpen session on Sunday and will throw another on Tuesday. He's been battling hamstring issues for the past month. Cain is only 1-5 this year with a mediocre 5.34 ERA over 11 starts. He hasn't been on the fantasy radar in quite some time.
Jun 27 - 12:39 PM

Matt Cain (hamstring) threw about 20 pitches off the bullpen mound on Friday.

Cain will do the same thing on Sunday before the Giants determine the next step. If the club wants to play it safe, he could throw on the side or pitch batting practice, but he could be cleared for a minor league rehab assignment. There should be more clarity on his status soon. The veteran right-hander has been sidelined since June 13 with a strained right hamstring.
Jun 25 - 10:07 AM

Matt Cain (hamstring) won't return from the disabled list when first eligible next Wednesday.

Cain's right hamstring strain is improving, but the Giants want him to make at least one rehab start this time after he skipped one following the initial injury. That means Albert Suarez will make at least one more start.
Jun 24 - 12:28 PM

Giants placed RHP Matt Cain on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring.

And just like that, Cain is out for another 15 days. Cain made it through just 83 pitches in his return from the disabled list Monday, allowing five hits and three runs in a sloppy no-decision against the Brewers. Cain hasn't been helpful in fantasy for many years so his absence isn't going to move the needle much.
Jun 14 - 10:40 PM

Matt Cain earned a no-decision in Monday's win over the Brewers, allowing three runs on five hits over 3 2/3 innings.

Cain was making his first start since being placed on the disabled list with a hamstring strain near the end of May. Perhaps showing a bit of rust, he walked five batters -- among them, Jonathan Lucroy and Chris Carter, who both took free passes from Cain with the bases loaded in the third inning. Prior to hitting the DL, the veteran right-hander held a 5.20 ERA across 10 starts. He will try for a better result in a road showdown with the Rays next time he toes the rubber.
Jun 14 - 2:42 AM

Giants activated RHP Matt Cain from the 15-day disabled list.

Cain has been out since May 27 with a hamstring strain, but he'll make his return Monday against the Brewers. The Giants sent down Chris Stratton in order to clear a spot on the active roster. Cain returns to an ugly 5.20 ERA over 10 starts, but he was pitching much better prior to the injury.
Jun 13 - 5:31 PM

Matt Cain (hamstring) will be activated from the disabled list Monday against the Brewers.

Cain strained his hamstring last month but recovered quickly and won't need a rehab assignment. He threw 72 pitches Wednesday in a simulated game. With Cain back, Albert Suarez will return to the bullpen. Cain has won only once this year while pitching to an ugly 5.20 ERA. He hasn't been relevant in fantasy for quite some time.
Jun 11 - 4:59 PM

Matt Cain (hamstring) threw 72 pitches in a simulated game on Wednesday.

The Giants will re-evaluate Cain on Thursday to determine whether he is ready to return to the major league rotation. If he gets the green light, the veteran would start against the Brewers on Monday. If not, a short minor league rehab assignment would be in the works. Cain was placed on the disabled list after suffering a right hamstring strain against the Rockies near the end of May.
Jun 8 - 8:03 PM

Giants placed RHP Matt Cain on the 15-day disabled list with a right hamstring injury.

It's been a few years since Cain has been fantasy relevant -- which makes this trip to the disabled list rather harmless -- but it still affects owners in deeper or NL-only leagues. Cain owns a 5.20 ERA with only a 6.37 K/9. Even when he returns, it's best to avoid him, if possible.
May 28 - 4:13 PM

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