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

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistMay 21, 2014

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Updates from Friday, June 6

The Giants announced that Cain has been reinstated: 

Updates from Friday, May 30

The Giants have the latest on Cain:

Bay Area News Group's Alex Pavlovic adds more detail:

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:

John Shea of The San Francisco Chronicle has more on his return:

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):

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:

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:

Original Text

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:

Patrick Graham of The Associated Press thought that a liner from DJ LeMahieu caused Cain's injury:

Pavlovic later reported on more specifics of the injury:

Pavlovic added more after the game:

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.


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