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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Cain (elbow) has been placed on the 60-day DL.

The move is merely procedural, as Cain is already considered out for the season after undergoing arthroscopic elbow surgery. His transfer makes extra room on the Giants' 40-man roster for another round of September call-ups.

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Cain (elbow) underwent successful surgery Monday, John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Arthroscopic surgery to remove bone chips and clean up bone spurs was recommended by three different doctors who examined Cain's elbow, and he got the surgery out of the way Monday. The right-hander now faces a three-month rehabilitation process, so he should, in theory, be back at full strength well ahead of spring training. Cain said he's been pitching with the bone chips for 10 years, but it's unrealistic to think the procedure will cure all of his woes.

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Cain (elbow) will officially undergo season-ending surgery next Monday, Alex Pavlovic of the Bay Area News Group reports.

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Matt Cain has scheduled a visit with Dr. James Andrews.

That's usually not good news. Cain has failed to make any progress in his rehabilitation from right elbow inflammation and may now be facing surgery. The right-hander could be done for the year no matter what.

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Matt Cain has not been making progress in his early rehabilitation from an elbow injury.

Cain has been out with right elbow inflammation since July 11 and there's no timetable for his return. He will get another round of tests done next week. It's possible that the right-hander won't return this season -- and that's a big part of the reason why the Giants were so aggressive in trading for Jake Peavy.