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Matt Cain underwent an MRI which ruled any ligament damage in his right elbow.

That's good news, but Cain still felt soreness playing catch after he received a cortisone shot before the All-Star break, so the Giants have placed him on the disabled list. There's no clear timetable for his return.

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Giants placed RHP Matt Cain on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 11, with right elbow inflammation.

Yusmeiro Petit will start in his place on Tuesday night in Philadelphia. Cain finished the first half of the 2014 season with a disappointing 2-7 record and 4.18 ERA in 90 1/3 innings. He will be eligible to return from the disabled list later this week, but the Giants haven't offered up an exact timetable.

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Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Friday that Matt Cain's right elbow "has been cranky."

Now we know why Cain had his arm wrapped Friday and why he won't pitch until the team's fifth game of the second half. It doesn't appear at this point to be a major concern, but obviously a red flag goes up anytime the elbow is involved. Cain is slated to face the Phillies on Tuesday.

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Matt Cain was spotted with a wrap on his pitching arm Friday.

Cain has also been pushed back to the fifth spot in the Giants' rotation after the All-Star break. While it's clear that the righty is dealing with some kind of physical ailment, he and the Giants aren't revealing what it is. "(I'm) feeling like I'm feeling," Cain said. It's something to keep an eye on.

Matt Cain SP SF 7 Months

Matt Cain fired six innings of two-run ball in a victory over the A's on Wednesday.

Cain whiffed four, walked two and allowed five hits in earning his first win since May 15. Entering tonight, he'd gone 0-4 with a 4.65 ERA in seven starts since that date. With that as a caveat, Cain has actually pitched quite well in the very recent past, allowing just four earned runs total over his last three outings. Now 2-7 with a 4.18 ERA, he heads into the break hoping to carry over the momentum.

Matt Cain SP SF 7 Months

Matt Cain pitched well in a losing effort against the Padres on Friday, surrendering just two runs on seven hits over 6 1/3 innings.

The veteran right-hander racked up six strikeouts on the afternoon while walking three. All of the damage against him came in the third inning, highlighted by a solo homer by Alexi Amarista. Even with the solid outing, Cain sports a disappointing 4.27 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 66/30 K/BB ratio over 84 1/3 innings. He'll look to improve upon his 1-7 record when he takes on the Athletics on Wednesday.

Matt Cain SP SF 7 Months

Matt Cain shut out the Reds for seven innings in a no-decision on Saturday.

Cain earned his previous three losses, but he deserved better than a no-decision tonight. At least his owners should be encouraged by the rebound performance. He threw pretty well last time out, too, before giving up three runs in the eighth against the Padres. He still figures to be a reliable mixed-league starter the rest of the way.

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Matt Cain struggled again on Monday, allowing six runs over 7 1/3 innings in a loss against the Padres.

It wasn't a disaster, as Cain ran out of gas and was charged for three runs in the eighth inning. He punched out seven and walked one overall, coughing up seven hits. The Giants are now 3-10 in their previous 13 games. Cain (1-6, 4.82 ERA) hasn't helped, going winless in his last five starts, with the two most recent outings being the ugliest (7 ER in 5 innings against the White Sox on Friday). At least he kept the ball in the yard tonight. Having given up 11 homers, Cain is on pace to surpass his career-most 23 long flies set last season. He'll look to get back on track while hosting Cincinnati over the weekend, but mixed leaguers should make him prove it first.

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Matt Cain struggled in a loss to the White Sox on Tuesday, allowing eight runs -- seven earned -- on 10 hits over five innings.

It's no surprise that Cain, a fly ball pitcher, is a bad match for U.S. Cellular Field, one of the most hitter-friendly parks in baseball. The right-hander served up two home runs among his 10 hits allowed, falling to 1-5 through 11 starts this year. Still, it hasn't been as bad as those numbers might suggest -- Cain had a 3.84 ERA heading into Tuesday's start -- and he'll look to get back in the win column again when he faces the Padres on Monday.

Matt Cain SP SF 8 Months

Matt Cain had a difficult time locating the plate while giving up four runs across five innings Wednesday in a loss against the Nationals.

It was a rough night from the usually reliable right-hander, who was making his second start since returning from the disabled list. He walked a season-high five batters and required 102 pitches to record 15 outs. Cain's first outing off the DL -- Friday's strong effort against the Mets -- gave hope that he was over his hamstring woes, but now we're not so sure. Cain, 1-4 with a 3.84 ERA, travels to an American League venue on Tuesday to take on the Chicago White Sox.