Matt Cain Injury: Updates on Giants Pitcher's Finger and Return

Scott PolacekFeatured ColumnistApril 29, 2014

USA Today

Updates from Saturday, May 10

The Giants official Twitter feed reports good news on Cain's status:

Updates from Friday, May 9 reports Cain plans to return soon:

San Francisco Giants right-hander Matt Cain says his cut finger has healed and he plans to start Saturday against the Los Angeles Dodgers after coming off the disabled list.

Cain cut his right index finger while making a ham and cheese sandwich and was placed on the DL retroactive to April 24.

"It feels like a finger," Cain playfully told the San Francisco Chronicle on Thursday.

Said manager Bruce Bochy: "Barring any setbacks, he's good to go."

Updates from Monday, May 5

Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle talked to Matt Cain about his injured finger:

Updates from Sunday, May 4

John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle has big news on Matt Cain's status on the Giants roster:

Original Text

Those San Francisco Giants fans who were hoping to see Matt Cain take the mound Tuesday against the San Diego Padres will be sorely disappointed. 

The team’s official Twitter page updated supporters on the condition of the former All-Star:

San Francisco Chronicle reporter John Shea had Cain's thoughts on the injury:

Alex Pavlovic of the San Jose Mercury News explains how the injury occurred:

Matt Cain was scratched from his scheduled start against the San Diego Padres on Tuesday night after cutting the tip of his right index finger while making a sandwich in the clubhouse kitchen. The cut, which happened after batting practice, didn't require stitches, but kept Cain from taking the mound because it occurred at a spot where Cain releases pitches from his hand.

San Francisco held a narrow lead in the National League West standings coming into action Tuesday, but Cain has disappointed in the early going. He is yet to register a win in his five starts and has already given up five home runs in 31 innings of work. His ERA checks in at 4.35, which is nearly an entire run higher than his career mark of 3.37.

DENVER, CO - APRIL 23:  Starting pitcher Matt Cain #18 of the San Francisco Giants delivers against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on April 23, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. The Giants defeated the Rockies 12-10 in 11 innings.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/G
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Missing a start for a cut on his finger may seem like a drastic measure to take, but something like that can certainly impact Cain’s grip on the baseball and his subsequent control. Considering it is only April and he has struggled thus far, it is probably in the team’s best interest to ensure that its righty is entirely healthy before his next start.

Check back for more updates.