Matt Cain SP SF 4 days ago

Cain (forearm) will play catch Tuesday but he is still many weeks from returning to the mound, the San Francisco Chronicle's Henry Schulman reports.

Cain was throwing a medicine ball and said his arm felt much better on Friday. He is not expected to return to the Giants' rotation until late-May/early-June, but is worth stashing in leagues with deep benches or DL spots.

Matt Cain SP SF 1 week ago

Cain (forearm) is still at least a week away from throwing, so there's no timetable yet for his return, the San Jose Mercury News reports.

Suffice to say, this will not be a minimal stay on the 15-day DL, even without accounting for the Giants back-dating the move to April 3. Chris Heston's spot in the rotation remains secure.

Matt Cain SP SF 2 weeks ago

Cain (forearm) is at least a week away from playing catch, Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area reports.

The three-time All-Star remains shut down from throwing due to a flexor tendon strain, and it's beginning to look like he won't make it back before the end of the season's first month. Once Cain is cleared to throw, he will have to gradually increase the distance of his long toss before eventually progressing to bullpen sessions and ultimately a rehab assignment.

Matt Cain SP SF 3 weeks ago

Cain (forearm) was placed on the 15-day DL on Thursday, retroactive to Apr. 3, Andrew Baggarly of the Mercury News reports.

This was expected after an MRI revealed that Cain has a strained flexor tendon, but the Giants officially made the move Tuesday and tabbed Chris Heston as their starter for Wednesday. A return for Cain on his earliest possible activation date (Apr. 18) is unlikely, with the right-hander expected to need a couple weeks at least to recover.

Matt Cain SP SF 3 weeks ago

The MRI results revealed that Cain (forearm) suffered a strained flexor and will likely be placed on the disabled list, CSN Bay Area's Alex Pavlovic reports.

Cain seems to have dodged a bullet as forearm tightness usually is the result of a UCL tear. Still, this isn't the start to the bounce back season Cain was hoping for. He was already ruled out for his scheduled start Wednesday, and it looks like he will miss a couple more turns in the rotation before officially making his 2015 debut.

Matt Cain SP SF 3 weeks ago

Cain (forearm) doesn't have a UCL tear, at least as determined from the initial imaging, but will be out a couple of weeks, Hank Schulman from the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

A related tweet from Andrew Baggarly suggested it was more of a flexor issue. At any rate, Cain will definitely not make Wednesday's start, and where he goes from there has not yet been decided.

Matt Cain SP SF 3 weeks ago

Cain had an MRI Monday after experiencing forearm tightness and is "iffy" for Wednesday's start, according to manager Bruce Bochy, the San Francisco Chronicle's Henry Schulman reports.

Forearm tightness can be a symptom of a UCL tear, so this is definitely something to pay close attention to. If Cain cannot take the ball Wednesday, Tim Lincecum or a minor leaguer will take that turn in the rotation. Ryan Vogelsong has already been named the starter for Tuesday's game as Jake Peavy will miss at least one start with a back issue, but if Cain is out for a significant period of time, Vogelsong would likely just remain in the rotation once Peavy is healthy.

Matt Cain SP SF 3 weeks ago

Cain didn't give up a run Friday, surrendering three hits and two walks while striking out three over four innings in the win over the Athletics.

Cain looked strong but didn't pitch deep enough into the game to get the win. He logged 79 pitches Friday, but manager Bruce Bochy said after the game that Cain is cleared for 100 pitches in his season debut. The elbow surgery he underwent last year appears to be in the rear-view mirror and Cain should be a solid mid-to-back end starter in fantasy leagues this year.

Matt Cain SP SF 1 month 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 2 months 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.