Matt Cain SP SF 3 weeks ago

Cain (1-1) picked up his first win of the season Tuesday, tossing six innings of shutout ball while striking out seven in the win over the Mets.

Cain showed improved control in his second start back from the DL, throwing 66 of his 95 pitches for strikes. His fastball was sitting around 89-91 MPH, which is right around where it was last year prior to his injury. Cain should be considered a matchups play in shallow leagues, and a must-add in deeper and NL-only leagues.

Matt Cain SP SF 4 weeks ago

Cain (0-1) gave up five runs on seven hits and four walks over five innings in his return from the disabled list Thursday against Miami.

After missing the season's first three months with a strained flexor tendon, Cain looked pretty bad in his return -- particularly compared to Marlins starter Jose Fernandez, who looked studly in his own return after losing more than a year to Tommy John surgery. He'll probably improve over time, but after Cain turned in subpar performances in 2013 and 2014, it's hard to be overly optimistic. He will, however, get the struggling Mets offense back in San Francisco on Wednesday.

Matt Cain SP SF 4 weeks ago

Cain (forearm) was activated from the 15-day disabled list Thursday morning.

Cain was fully expected to take the hill against fellow returnee Jose Fernandez (elbow) on Thursday, as this announcement merely makes it official. Tim Lincecum (forearm) was sent to the 15-day DL in a corresponding move.

Matt Cain SP SF 1 month ago

Cain (forearm) is slated to come off the DL on Thursday, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Cain, who made his last rehab start Friday at Triple-A Sacramento, is slated to rejoin the team Thursday, one day before Jake Peavy is expected to come off the DL. San Francisco will send Tim Lincecum (arm) to the DL on Thursday to free up a spot for Cain, but manager Bruce Bochy would not reveal how the team plans to accommodate both Cain and Peavy returning to the rotation. The prevailing thought is that Tim Hudson is the primary candidate to fall out of the rotation.

Matt Cain SP SF 1 month ago

Cain (forearm) conceded two runs over 5.2 innings during his rehab start Friday with Triple-A Sacramento. He gave up four hits and two walks and struck out four while throwing 98 pitches.

With Cain working his pitch count up the century mark and showing no obvious setbacks in the outing -- the fourth of his rehab assignment -- he'll likely be cleared to reclaim a spot in the Giants' rotation early next week. It's not obvious at this time who Cain might replace in the rotation, but the struggling Tim Hudson could be the top candidate to lose his starting role. While Cain was rehabbing with Sacramento, Hudson took the hill for the Giants on Friday, giving up 10 hits and five runs over six innings to bring his ERA up to 4.68 and his WHIP up to 1.38 over 92.1 innings this season.

Matt Cain SP SF 1 month ago

Manager Bruce Bochy confirmed that Cain (forearm) would make one more rehab start before rejoining the Giants, John Dickinson of 95.7 The Game reports.

Cain has made three rehab starts to date, with the last two coming at Triple-A Sacramento. He's fared well in those outings with a 15:3 K:BB ratio over 13.2 innings, but the Giants may want to stretch him out just a little bit more before working him back to the fold. He's tentatively on track to rejoin the Giants late next week.

Matt Cain SP SF 1 month ago

Cain (forearm) may need one more rehab start, Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area reports.

Cain struck out six batters and gave up two runs over 6.2 innings in Saturday's rehab outing for Triple-A Sacramento. He could perhaps return during the upcoming week, but the Giants may also decide to give him one more rehab start.

Matt Cain SP SF 1 month ago

Cain struck out seven over 3.1 innings in his second rehab start with Triple-A Sacramento. He threw 74 pitches.

The high strikeout rate is a good sign for the rehabbing Cain. His fastball was sitting around 92 MPH, but Cain stated that he was actually more pleased with his breaking ball location. He upped his pitch count from 55 a start ago to 74 this time out. Cain will likely make a couple more rehab starts until he builds his pitch count up to the 90-100 range.

Matt Cain SP SF 1 month ago

Cain (forearm) will make his next rehab start Monday at Triple-A Sacramento.

Cain will move his rehab assignment up a level after tossing 3.2 scoreless innings at Double-A Richmond last week. After throwing 55 pitches in that outing, expect Cain to increase his count and work deeper into Monday's start.

Matt Cain SP SF 2 months ago

Cain (forearm) threw 55 pitches (36 strikes) in his rehab start for Double-A Richmond on Tuesday, allowing two runs on three hits and a walk while striking out two over 3.2 innings.

Cain's rehab is now expected to progress to a couple starts with Triple-A Sacramento before potentially returning to the Giants. The key thing to watch for with Cain is not necessarily how successful he was in his rehab outing, but how many pitches he threw. Look for that pitch count to grow steadily in his upcoming outings with Sacramento.