Matt Cain SP SF 3 days 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 7 days 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 week 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 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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 3 weeks 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.

Matt Cain SP SF 4 weeks ago

Cain (forearm) is scheduled to make a rehab start for Double-A Richmond on Tuesday, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Cain continues to rehab his injured forearm, completing an extended spring training start Wednesday without any reported issues. It's a welcome sign for the three-time All-Star, but a possible return date to the majors is still up in the air. While he figures to need a relatively lengthy stay in the minors, his 30-day rehab window will be up in early-to-mid July.

Matt Cain SP SF 1 month ago

Cain (forearm) is tentatively scheduled to make an extended spring training start Wednesday, CSN Bay Area reports.

The right-hander threw 30 pitches to live hitters Saturday and is now penciled in for three innings or around 45 pitches in Scottsdale, Arizona, next week. Manager Bruce Bochy said he is "really encouraged" with how Cain is throwing the ball, and it sounds like Cain still has a chance to make it back to the major league roster before the All-Star break.

Matt Cain SP SF 1 month ago

Cain (forearm) threw 25 pitches in a simulated game Tuesday, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Tuesday's session marked the first time Cain has faced hitters since landing on the disabled list in early April. He was able to throw all his pitches and said he felt good afterward. It's not clear when he will throw next, but expect him to see batters in the box moving forward, barring any setbacks.

Matt Cain SP SF 1 month ago

Cain (forearm) threw all his pitches in a bullpen session Friday, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Cain had been limited to throwing only fastballs in his previous bullpen sessions, but was cleared to begin incorporating his breaking balls Friday. With the right-hander reporting no issues, there's a chance he could pitch to live hitters as soon as Tuesday, but nothing's set in stone.