Matt Cain SP SF 1 week ago

Cain will throw less between starts in an effort to keep his elbow as healthy as possible in 2015, CSN Bay Area reports.

Returning from any elbow surgery is never an easy process for pitchers, but Cain has been progressing well after having bone chips removed from his throwing elbow last August. He said he will likely substitute between-start bullpen sessions with flat-ground throwing. It was also reported that Cain will likely make just one more minor league spring training start before the regular season gets under way. In his last outing, Cain struck out six batters over 3.1 innings while sitting comfortably in the 90-92 MPH range with his fastball. Assuming good health, Cain could provide good value for how late he is going in drafts.

Matt Cain SP SF 3 weeks ago

Cain's (elbow) first spring start went well, as he shut down the Dodgers over two perfect innings, needing only 20 pitches to get the job done.

Cain was going to be limited to 30 pitches Monday, but he was so efficient that he only needed 20 pitches (13 strikes) to get through two innings. Even more impressive was the fact that the Dodgers rolled out a lineup similar to what they will use on Opening Day. After the game, Buster Posey stated that Cain, "looked great" and that everything was "very smooth and rhythmic and effortless." Cain's fastball was sitting around 90 MPH and topped out at 92 MPH on the day. Of course, all spring training performances should be taken with a grain of salt, but judging from the look and feel of Cain on the mound today, a bounce-back season could be in store for the big righty.

Matt Cain SP SF 3 weeks ago

Cain (elbow) is expected to make his first start of spring training against the Dodgers on Monday, CSN Bay Area reports.

Cain was originally expected to be held out of games until mid-March, but the fact that he is going to start Monday is a positive sign regarding the health of his elbow. His velocity will be something to watch, as Cain claimed that his arm strength was the best it has ever felt after undergoing a procedure to remove bone chips in his elbow this offseason. Assuming this outing - and future spring outings - go smoothly, then Cain should be penciled in for a mid-rotation spot come Opening Day.

Matt Cain SP SF 4 weeks ago

Cain (elbow) is getting close to pitching in spring games, Alex Pavlovic of the San Jose Mercury News reports.

Manager Bruce Bochy had previously suggested Cain wouldn't pitch in games until mid-March, but it's sounding as though the right-hander could make his Cactus League debut a bit sooner than expected. Cain faced live hitters Thursday and the veteran is fully expected to be ready for the start of the regular season.

Matt Cain SP SF 1 month ago

Cain (elbow) will not appear in exhibition games until mid-March, Chris Haft of MLB.com reports.

After Cain completed another bullpen session Thursday, it was reported that he was penciled into the rotation for the start of Cactus League play. However, the team has evidently reversed course, with manager Bruce Bochy saying Saturday that he figures Cain can prepare for the regular season better on his own. It's somewhat odd, but the skipper insisted that nothing is wrong with Cain's elbow and that he will open the regular season on time.

Matt Cain SP SF 1 month ago

Cain (elbow) completed another bullpen session Thursday and is penciled into the rotation for the start of Cactus League play, Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News reports.

The three-time All-Star came into camp slightly behind the Giants' other starters but has evidently caught up, having completed a couple of extensive bullpen sessions in the first week of spring training. Cain was limited to just 15 starts last season after making at least 30 in each of the previous eight seasons. He had surgery to remove bone chips from his right elbow in August and then underwent another procedure to remove a bone spur from his ankle in September.

Matt Cain SP SF 1 month ago

Cain (elbow) threw a 40-pitch bullpen session Friday and he felt healthy coming out of it, CSN Bay Area reports.Cain underwent two procedures in 2014, one to remove bone chips in his throwing elbow and another to remove a bone spur in his ankle. Friday's bullpen session was the first public work Cain has done since being shut down last year. He said that he felt "pretty much full speed" and that it was the "best (his) arm strength has felt." This is a great sign for Cain, as there were questions regarding how well he would throw returning from injury. Assuming he keeps a clean bill of health during spring training, Cain should be on track for a bounce-back season in 2015.

Matt Cain SP SF 2 months ago

Cain (elbow) will likely enter spring training slightly behind the Giants' other starting pitchers, the Sacramento Bee reports.

Cain threw 30 pitches from a mound Friday, which followed a session Tuesday where he threw 25 pitches at 60 to 70 percent effort. Returning from surgery to remove bone chips from his elbow and ankle, Cain said that he feels as though the procedure on his elbow lifted years of wear off of his arm. It's expected that Cain will be ready by Opening Day, but it will be worth monitoring his status throughout spring training to ensure that he's stretched out enough to maintain that timetable.

Matt Cain SP SF 4 months ago

Cain (elbow) will begin throwing from 45-60 feet next week on a schedule of throwing three times per week, John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

In addition to having surgery to remove bone chips from his elbow, Cain also had a bone spur taken out of his right ankle in September. He may be on the same schedule as the Giants' other starting pitchers once spring training begins in February if he can move through his throwing program without a setback. Cain posted an ERA above 4.00 for the second straight year in 2014, struggling with a career-high 1.251 WHIP over 90.1 innings (15 starts) before injuries ended his season prematurely.

Matt Cain SP SF 6 months ago

Cain underwent surgery Saturday to remove a bone spur in his right ankle.

Cain, who saw his season cut short due to an elbow injury, is expected to need about two months to recover from the ankle procedure. He enters the offseason less than totally healthy, but he should have plenty of time to get back to 100 percent by the time spring training rolls around.