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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 (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

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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

Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News reports that the Giants plan on placing Matt Cain on the disabled list with a right hamstring strain.

Cain suffered the injury during the second inning of Friday's start against the Rockies in Colorado. Cain underwent an MRI on Friday, and the club is waiting on results to officially announce a move. Baggarly also notes that former first round pick Chris Stratton is expected to be recalled to take Cain's place on the active roster.
May 28 - 1:20 PM

Matt Cain was forced to leave Friday's start against the Rockies in the second inning due to a right hamstring strain.

It's unclear how long the injury may keep him on the shelf, though he did hit the disabled list with the same ailment back in May of 2014. Cain recorded five outs without any difficulty before the injury struck on Friday and had been on quite the roll over his last three starts.
May 27 - 11:39 PM

Matt Cain was forced to leave Friday's start against the Rockies in the second inning due to an apparent lower body injury.

It's unclear at the moment exactly what happened, but Cain shook his head and looked toward the dugout after throwing a pitch in the second inning. Given his injury history, it could be something serious which would be a tough blow for the veteran right-hander and for the Giants after Cain had finally put together three straight quality starts. The Giants should have an update on his status shortly.
May 27 - 9:58 PM

Matt Cain continued a recent roll of hot starts in Saturday's win over the Cubs, surrendering one run on six hits over six innings.

It might be time to start considering Cain for at least short-term fantasy purposes. Look past the 31-year-old right-handers admittedly difficult-to-look-past 5.37 ERA and 1.46 WHIP and there appear to be small bits of life sprouting up from the wreckage, much like how small plants began to sprout in the aftermath of the 1980 eruption of Mount Saint Helens. Cain has allowed four runs on 19 hits over his last 21 innings. A road start against the Rockies shows next on his schedule. Not quite the Cascades, but close.
May 21 - 10:49 PM

Matt Cain delivered his second straight strong performance, firing seven innings of one-run ball in a no-decision against the Diamondbacks on Sunday.

The veteran right-hander punched out five on the day while allowing seven hits and issuing a pair of walks. He still sits at 0-5 on the season with an unsightly 5.87 ERA and 1.48 WHIP, but he has shown signs of life with each of his last two outings. Unfortunately, he doesn't have matchups in his favor as he battles the Cubs at home on Saturday before traveling to Colorado to take on the Rockies.
May 15 - 8:29 PM

Matt Cain pitched well in Tuesday's 4-0 loss to the Blue Jays, surrendering just two runs on six hits over eight innings.

Best start of the season for Cain. If not for the existence of Troy Tulowitzki, he might have spun eight scoreless innings. Tulo does exist, though, and notched a solo home run off Cain in the second inning and a sacrifice fly off him in the seventh. And that was it. Unfortunately for the Giants, Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ was up for an old-fashioned pitching duel and did not allow a run. Cain was shelled for eight runs in his last start, but Tuesday's loss/moral victory was a definite step in the right direction. He will try to replicate the performance in a road date with the Diamondbacks next time out.
May 11 - 12:50 AM

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2Trevor Brown
1B1Brandon Belt
2B1Joe Panik
2Kelby Tomlinson
3Ramiro Pena
SS1Brandon Crawford
2Ehire Adrianza
3B1Matt Duffy
2Conor Gillaspie
LF1Angel Pagan
2Gregor Blanco
3Jarrett Parker
CF1Denard Span
RF1Hunter Pence
2Mac Williamson
Starting Pitcher
S1Madison Bumgarner
2Johnny Cueto
3Jeff Samardzija
4Jake Peavy
5Matt Cain
6Albert Suarez
Relief Pitcher
R1Santiago Casilla
2Sergio Romo
3Javier Lopez
4Hunter Strickland
5George Kontos
6Josh Osich
7Cory Gearrin
8Derek Law
9Chris Stratton