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Friday, May 30, 2014

Giants Injury Update: Matt Cain will not start Saturday, placed on DL

By on 5/30/2014 06:07:00 PM

UPDATE: Alex Pavlovic of the San Jose Mercury News reports that Cain will not start Saturday against the Cardinals and will be placed on the disabled list. Yusmeiro Petit will get the start. They will let him get healthy before they have him start. Henry Schulman of SF Gate says that Juan Perez will be called up from Triple-A for some bench depth.

Matt Cain was expected to start Saturday in St. Louis, but now Manager Bruce Bochy has his doubts. He suggested, according to Henry Schulman of SF Gate, that head trainer Dave Groeschner thought he might not be able to start Saturday after suffering a hamstring injury, as I reported.

Cain threw a flat ground bullpen session and ran, but there is still chance he hits the disabled list. The trainer wasn't convinced that Cain could go Saturday without risking another injury, maybe a worse injury. 

“He ran well,” Bochy said to Schulman, “We want to be sure, 100 percent.” 

Joe Kelly of the Cardinals has missed over a month with a hamstring injury, as a St. Louis reporter asked the manager and Bochy replied, “That’s why we want to be sure.”

Cain has already missed three starts due to a sliced finger and with the hamstring injury he suffered on May 21 where he came out after just three innings, so the Giants would likely want Cain to be one-hundred percent healthy before he takes the mound again.

Cain exits early with hamstring injury in Colorado on May 21 

This season, Cain is 1-3 with a 3.66 earned run average, 39 strikeouts and 17 walks in 46.2 innings pitched. He has given up 7 home runs, which means he is on track to give up more home runs than any season during his 9-year career.

In 2013, Cain had the worst season of his career having a 4.00 earned run average in 184.1 innings pitched while striking out 158 and walking 55. He had a WHIP of 1.16.

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