Matt Cain Injury: Updates on Giants Star's Hamstring and Return

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured Columnist

San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Matt Cain throws during the first inning of the Giants' baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday, May 10, 2016, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
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San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Matt Cain hasn't pitched since being placed on the disabled list on June 14 because of a hamstring injury. However, he's ready to return.

Continue for updates.

Cain's Activated from DL

Wednesday, July 20

The Giants announced Cain has been reinstated from the disabled list and Ruben Tejada has been designated for assignment.

Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area reported Sunday that Cain will start Wednesday night against the Boston Red Sox.

Cain's Struggles Don't Damage Giants Rotation

After missing much of the 2014 and 2015 seasons, Cain has struggled to stay healthy thus far in 2016.

The 31-year-old righty suffered a hamstring injury in May, when he finally seemed to be coming around, and now his durability concerns have arisen for the second time this season.

Cain is a three-time All-Star, but injuries and inconsistency have prevented him from returning to that level in recent years. Since posting an ERA of 3.14 or better every season from 2009 through 2012, he hasn't had an ERA below 4.00.

So far this season, Cain has put up a 5.34 ERA in 57.1 innings pitched. 

Entering the 2016 campaign, Cain hadn't started more than 15 games in a season since 2013. He made at least 30 starts every year from 2006 though 2013, but his workhorse status has dissipated and may never come back.

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Cain's decline has hurt San Francisco's pitching depth over the past few seasons, but it is currently better equipped to deal with it than ever before.

Despite Cain missing time, the Giants are stocked with high-quality arms, including Madison Bumgarner, Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija.

A healthy and productive Cain is a luxury the Giants would undoubtedly like to have, but they have proved capable of winning games and excelling without him.

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