Updates from Friday, June 6
The Giants announced that Cain has been reinstated:
RHP Matt Cain has been reinstated off the 15-day DL. LHP David Huff has been desginated for assignment. #SFGiants— San Francisco Giants (@SFGiants) June 6, 2014
Updates from Friday, May 30
The Giants have the latest on Cain:
Yusmeiro Petit to start tomorrow in place of Cain, who will be placed on the 15-day DL. #SFGiants— San Francisco Giants (@SFGiants) May 30, 2014
Bay Area News Group's Alex Pavlovic adds more detail:
Bochy said Cain would start if it was September, but not worth risking right now. Roster move to be announced shortly.— Alex Pavlovic (@AlexPavlovic) May 30, 2014
Cain tentatively scheduled to come off DL and start first game of next homestand, June 6.— Alex Pavlovic (@AlexPavlovic) May 30, 2014
Updates from Thursday, May 29
San Francisco Chronicle reporter Henry Schulman has an update on Cain:
Manager Bruce Bochy said so Thursday, Besides the words, his tone also suggested that he and head athletic trainer Dave Groeschner were not convinced completely that Cain is ready to play, after watching the right-hander run and throw off flat ground at Busch Stadium.
“He ran well,” Bochy said, but in the next breath added, “We want to be sure, 100 percent.”
The team will decide Friday whether Cain will take his expected turn Sunday.
Updates from Wednesday, May 28
Andrew Baggarly of Comcast SportsNet provides more information on Matt Cain:
No issues with Matt Cain in his 'pen. As long as he comes out of it fine he'll start Saturday.— Andrew Baggarly (@CSNBaggs) May 28, 2014
John Shea of The San Francisco Chronicle has more on his return:
Cain threw bullpen session, good to go for Saturday. #sfgiants— John Shea (@JohnSheaHey) May 28, 2014
Updates from Sunday, May 25
Matt Cain spoke about his injured hamstring and his recovery as he tries to return to the starting rotation (via Alex Pavlovic of the San Jose Mercury News):
Cain said hamstring feels better every day. Session cut short yesterday wasn't that bad, but it wasn't smart to push it.— Alex Pavlovic (@AlexPavlovic) May 25, 2014
Updates from Saturday, May 24
CSN Bay Area's Andrew Baggarly provides a synopsis of Giants manager Bruce Bochy discussing Matt Cain's availability for Monday:
The Giants will skip Cain’s turn on Monday against the Chicago Cubs, manager Bruce Bochy said following the club's 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins Saturday night. Yusmeiro Petit will start in Can's place.
Baggarly previously provided a bittersweet update on Cain's status:
The good news: Matt Cain tested his hamstring with a throwing session off a bullpen mound Saturday. The bad news: The session didn’t last very long.
Cain threw fewer than 20 pitches, and didn’t appear to push hard off the mound for most of them, before heading back to the clubhouse with head athletic trainer Dave Groeschner.
Updates from Friday, May 23
Andrew Baggarly of CSN Bay Area provides an update on Matt Cain's return:
Matt Cain will play catch today after seeing doc last night. "He's bouncing around here pretty good," Bochy said.— Andrew Baggarly (@CSNBaggs) May 23, 2014
Updates from Thursday, May 22
Alex Pavlovic of the San Jose Mercury News provided the diagnosis on Matt Cain after leaving last night's game:
Cain has grade 1 strain of hamstring, will get treatment for a couple of days. Hasn't been ruled out for next start yet.— Alex Pavlovic (@AlexPavlovic) May 22, 2014
Cain will be reevaluated in SF, no move today. For now, Machi, Gutierrez slide up in bullpen pecking order.— Alex Pavlovic (@AlexPavlovic) May 22, 2014
Matt Cain's Wednesday night ended a bit earlier than expected, as the San Francisco Giants starting pitcher exited after three innings against the Colorado Rockies. He was replaced by Yusmeiro Petit, per Alex Pavlovic of the San Jose Mercury News:
Petit coming in, Cain is done after three hitless innings. Will pass along injury news when we get it.— Alex Pavlovic (@AlexPavlovic) May 22, 2014
Patrick Graham of The Associated Press thought that a liner from DJ LeMahieu caused Cain's injury:
Yusmeiro Petit coming in for Matt Cain for the fourth. Cain was hit by a liner from DJ LeMahieu the inning before ...— Patrick Graham (@pgraham34) May 22, 2014
Pavlovic later reported on more specifics of the injury:
Matt Cain was removed because of right hamstring strain.— Alex Pavlovic (@AlexPavlovic) May 22, 2014
Pavlovic added more after the game:
Cain felt injury on his final pitch. Has an MRI tomorrow, said he's unsure about next start.— Alex Pavlovic (@AlexPavlovic) May 22, 2014
He's already had rotten luck to start the 2014 season. He cut his finger making a sandwich and was retroactively sent to the disabled list back in April.
His performance on the field hasn't been much better.
Heading into Wednesday night, Cain was 1-3 on the season with a 3.92 earned run average. He has struggled early on, with his hits, home runs and walks per nine innings up from last year, while his strikeouts per nine innings have dropped. His fielding independent pitching (FIP) number has also increased by nearly a full run, from 3.93 in 2013 to 4.75 in '14.
Petit would likely be the replacement for Cain, should he go on the DL again, and the drop-off between the two is fairly significant. The Giants may not be able to hold on to the National League West lead much longer if Cain is forced to miss an extended period of time.
Meanwhile, he'll be hoping that his luck turns for the better sooner rather than later.