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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 manager Bruce Bochy said Monday that Matt Cain (elbow) is "getting close to where he will throw a bullpen."
Cain has been throwing on flat ground for the last week. Bochy cautioned, however, that the club would proceed cautiously with the right-hander, so he figures to be a long ways off from a rehab assignment. "We're going to slow-play him and make sure he doesn't have another setback," the skipper added. May 4 - 10:50 PM

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Matt Cain (elbow) played catch from 60 feet on Tuesday with no issues.

It's the first time he's done any throwing since being diagnosed with a right flexor tendon strain. "It was good, it was really good," said Cain, who will play catch again on Wednesday. The right-hander obviously remains a long ways away from a return to the Giants' rotation, but this was a nice step.
Apr 28 - 7:56 PM

Matt Cain (forearm) is expected to begin playing catch next week.

Cain is still a minimum of several weeks away from a potential return to the Giants rotation, and makes for a difficult hold in leagues where he can't be stashed in a DL spot. Chris Heston will continue to occupy his spot in the Giants rotation for the foreseeable future.
Apr 24 - 7:27 PM

Matt Cain (forearm) is at least a week away from resuming playing catch.

It's been nearly two weeks since he was diagnosed with a right flexor tendon strain. Cain will attempt to pitch through the ailment, but there's a pretty good chance surgery is inevitable. Chris Heston is holding down Cain's spot in the rotation for now.
Apr 14 - 7:46 PM

Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Friday that Matt Cain (forearm) is feeling better, but the veteran right-hander still hasn't resumed throwing.

There's still no clear timetable for when Cain will resume throwing and potentially return to the Giants rotation. Either Chris Heston or Ryan Vogelsong are expected to pitch in his place the next time his rotation spot comes up on Monday against the Rockies.
Apr 10 - 8:40 PM

Giants placed RHP Matt Cain on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 3, with a right flexor tendon strain.

It's not clear at this point how long he'll be sidelined, as the only plan at this time is for him to take a few days off from throwing before being re-evaluated. Chris Heston will start on Wednesday in Cain's place, but Ryan Vogelsong will be the one to assume his rotation spot for the long haul as long as Jake Peavy (back) is ready to go this weekend as expected.
Apr 7 - 6:50 PM

Matt Cain was diagnosed with a flexor tendon strain following an MRI on Monday.

Cain was scheduled to make his season debut Wednesday against the Diamondbacks, but he has now been scratched and will almost certainly be placed on the disabled list. The good news is that there's no ligament damage. He'll take a few days off from throwing before seeing how he feels. "It's definitely frustrating, but it goes with the territory" said Cain. "There are some bumps in the rehab process. This is one of them." Cain had season-ending surgery last August to remove bone spurs from his elbow.
Apr 7 - 8:30 AM

Matt Cain underwent an MRI on Monday due to tightness in his right forearm.

Cain felt the tightness after his last spring training outing. The Giants haven't officially ruled him out for Wednesday's start in Arizona, but don't count on him taking the ball then. Forearm tightness can be a symptom of ulnar collateral ligament damage, so the Giants will be sweating this one out. Manager Bruce Bochy said that he wants to keep Yusmeiro Petit in long relief, so Tim Lincecum could move up to start Wednesday or the club could promote someone. Ryan Vogelsong, who is starting Tuesday for Jake Peavy (back) would be the long-term replacement if Cain is out for a while.
Apr 6 - 8:18 PM

Matt Cain delivered a strong performance in his final Cactus League tuneup on Friday, twirling four scoreless innings against the Athletics.

Cain scattered three hits and a pair of walks while whiffing three. He's had an up-and-down spring, finishing with a 5.40 ERA and 7/3 K/BB ratio over 11 2/3 innings. The 30-year-old right-hander will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing and injury plagued 2014 campaign when he takes on the Diamondbacks in Arizona next week.
Apr 4 - 1:44 AM

Matt Cain allowed three runs in four innings as the Giants won 11-9 over the Dodgers on Sunday.

The Dodgers scored once in the first inning on a Yasiel Puig RBI double and twice in the third inning on a Joc Pederson solo home run and Yasmani Grandal RBI double. Cain gave up six hits and a walk while striking out three overall. Cain has now allowed seven runs in 7 2/3 spring innings, but the Giants are simply happy he's healthy, as he is trying to bounce back from elbow surgery.
Mar 29 - 8:04 PM

Matt Cain allowed one run over 3 1/3 innings Thursday in a minor league game.'s Chris Haft writes that Cain "looked strong," as he allowed two hits and hit one batter while striking out six. He threw a total of 51 pitches and sat in the 90-92 mph range. The veteran right-hander is currently working his way back from elbow surgery.
Mar 19 - 5:07 PM

Matt Cain was lit up in his Cactus League start against the Athletics Saturday, giving up four runs on six hits over 1 2/3 innings.

The silver lining is that Cain didn't walk a batter and all six hits were singles. In his first start of the spring Cain went two scoreless innings, so Saturday was likely just a hiccup as he readies for the season. With surgery to remove bone chips in his right elbow behind him, Cain should enjoy more success this year than his subpar 2014 season.
Mar 14 - 7:08 PM

Matt Cain made his Cactus League debut on Monday, tossing two perfect innings in a tie with the Dodgers.

Cain started and laid goose eggs throughout his linescore. All six outs came via three ground outs and three fly outs. Cain is on his way back from surgery to remove bone chips in his right elbow as well as a minor ankle procedure, so the Giants have understandably been bringing him along cautiously. Cain should still be ready to go when the regular season begins.
Mar 9 - 7:13 PM

Matt Cain (elbow, ankle) is expected to make his first Cactus League start around March 10.

The Giants have eased Cain into things this season, as he's coming off surgery to remove bone chips from his throwing elbow as well as a minor procedure on his right ankle. He faced hitters in Giants' camp Thursday without incident and has plenty of time to get stretched out for his first turn when the regular season gets underway.
Mar 5 - 5:18 PM

Matt Cain (elbow, ankle) faced hitters Thursday.

It was a nice step in the right direction for the veteran right-hander, who is being eased along slowly in Giants camp this spring. Cain underwent surgery in August to remove painful bone chips and spurs from his right elbow and then needed a minor procedure in September on his right ankle. He's expected to be ready for the first week of the regular season.
Mar 5 - 2:26 PM

Depth Charts

C1Buster Posey
2Hector Sanchez
3Andrew Susac
1B1Brandon Belt
2B1Joe Panik
2Matt Duffy
SS1Brandon Crawford
3B1Casey McGehee
2Joaquin Arias
LF1Norichika Aoki
2Travis Ishikawa
CF1Angel Pagan
2Justin Maxwell
RF1Hunter Pence
2Gregor Blanco
Starting Pitcher
S1Madison Bumgarner
2Matt Cain
3Tim Hudson
4Jake Peavy
5Tim Lincecum
6Ryan Vogelsong
7Chris Heston
Relief Pitcher
R1Santiago Casilla
2Sergio Romo
3Jeremy Affeldt
4Javier Lopez
5Jean Machi
6George Kontos
7Yusmeiro Petit
8Erik Cordier