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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Giants Injury Update: Matt Cain pitching through sore elbow

By on 7/19/2014 04:30:00 PM

The San Francisco Giants clubbed the Miami Marlins on Friday by the score of 9-1. The win kept the Giants in a first-place tie with the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League West. At 19th in the league in runs scored, the Giants are relying on a pitching staff that is near the top of the Major Leagues in ERA at 3.38. There is some concern about one key component of the staff, as Matt Cain has been pitching with a sore elbow. The Giants will need him to be healthy and effective to keep up with the Dodgers in the division.

As reported by Henry Schulman of SFGate, Giants manager Bruce Bochy retooled the rotation to give Cain 12 days off.  Cain walked into the clubhouse with his right arm wrapped, which was an obvious indication that something is wrong.

Cain has been dealing with elbow soreness, not something new for him as he's had problems with bone chips or spurs in his elbow for years. Bochy is not overly concerned, indicating that Cain should be ready to go for his next scheduled start against the Phillies on Tuesday.
“His elbow has been cranky at times going back to spring training. Right now he’s scheduled to go. He played catch yesterday. He should be good to go. He’s always pitched with it. He’s always honest. I could speculate. These pitchers get bone chips moving around a little bit, but I can’t tell you that for a fact. Right now he’s good to go.”
Cain, in his 10th Major League season, is 2-7 with a 4.18 ERA in 15 starts this season. Last season, Cain pitched under 200 innings for the first time since 2006 and was 8-10 with a 4.00 ERA.  Cain has a career record of 95-95 with a 3.39 ERA in 281 games.

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