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Matt Cain skipping Thursday start with elbow inflammation

Mar 3, 2011, 12:08 AM EDT

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According to the great Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News, Giants manager Bruce Bochy announced late Wednesday evening that right-hander Matt Cain has inflammation in his throwing elbow and will skip his scheduled Thursday Cactus League start against the Rockies.

Not to worry, though.

The Giants ran an MRI on his arm and it showed no kind of structural damage. The expectation is that he won’t have to miss another outing.

Cain, 26, registered a sparkling 3.14 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 177 strikeouts across 223.1 innings last year for the World Series champion Giants. An underrated workhorse, he has pitched at least 200 innings in each of the last four seasons.

San Francisco is expecting a similar brand of durability out of the former first-round pick in 2011.

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