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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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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. Nov 4 - 9:16 AM

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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.
Sep 27 - 4:50 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.
Sep 1 - 10:18 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.
Aug 12 - 7:45 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.
Aug 4 - 4:33 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.
Aug 1 - 5:43 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.
Aug 1 - 5:05 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.
Aug 1 - 3:34 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.
Jul 31 - 5:50 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.
Jul 29 - 5:15 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.
Jul 26 - 6:50 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.
Jul 21 - 4:58 PM

Giants placed RHP Matt Cain on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 11, with right elbow inflammation.

Yusmeiro Petit will start in his place on Tuesday night in Philadelphia. Cain finished the first half of the 2014 season with a disappointing 2-7 record and 4.18 ERA in 90 1/3 innings. He will be eligible to return from the disabled list later this week, but the Giants haven't offered up any hints about a timetable.
Jul 21 - 11:49 AM

Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Friday that Matt Cain's right elbow "has been cranky."

Now we know why Cain had his arm wrapped Friday and why he won't pitch until the team's fifth game of the second half. It doesn't appear at this point to be a major concern, but obviously a red flag goes up anytime the elbow is involved. Cain is slated to face the Phillies on Tuesday.
Jul 18 - 5:44 PM

Matt Cain was spotted with a wrap on his pitching arm Friday.

Cain has also been pushed back to the fifth spot in the Giants' rotation after the All-Star break. While it's clear that the righty is dealing with some kind of physical ailment, he and the Giants aren't revealing what it is. "(I'm) feeling like I'm feeling," Cain said. It's something to keep an eye on.
Jul 18 - 4:39 PM

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