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Saturday, August 2, 2014

Giants Injury Update: Matt Cain, Hector Sanchez


By on 8/02/2014 09:00:00 AM

San Francisco Giants ace Matt Cain's season is over. After visiting with medical experts, Cain has decided to undergo surgery to remove bone chips and spurs from his right elbow. It would take at least three months to recover from the surgery, meaning he would miss the rest of the season and the postseason. MLB.com's Christ Haft made the announcement late Friday night.




In his report, Haft says that Cain visited with three medical experts, including Dr. James Andrews, and all agreed that Cain needs to have the bone chips removed. Cain relayed the advice: "All three said the same thing. [They] need to come out." Now, Cain must decide when to have the surgery. Haft says that Cain could wait until the offseason and still make it to Spring Training in 2015.

Haft quoted Cain explaining that he has had the problem for quite some time, basically his entire Major League career. Said Cain,
"They've always been there. It's just that now they're mad and they're letting me know about it. For some reason, they got in a different spot and they got aggravated and they are what they are now."
Having last pitched on July 9, Cain ends his season at 2-7 with a 4.18 ERA and 1.25 WHIP. For his career, he is 95-95 with a 3.39 ERA and 1.18 WHIP. He averaged 209.1 innings as a full-time starter between 2006-2013.

Hector Sanchez
Meanwhile, catcher Hector Sanchez is now cleared to take live batting practice, putting him much closer to returning to the lineup says Alex Pavlovic of Mercury News and Bay Area news Group.
Sanchez took a foul tip off his mask on July 25 and left the game an inning later. He went on the seven-day concussion list the next day. He failed concussion tests last Monday, but he has shown steady progress. He is hitting .196 with 3 HR and 28 RBI in 66 games.


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