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Giants finally decide to stop letting Matt Cain pitch through a “cranky” elbow

Jul 21, 2014, 12:16 PM EDT

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Last week Giants manager Bruce Bochy revealed that Matt Cain has been pitching through a “cranky” elbow since spring training, and so not surprisingly after initially pushing back his next turn in the rotation the team has now placed him on the disabled list.

Cain refused to give any details about his status when asked last week, saying: “I’m feeling like I’m feeling.”

His performance speaks for itself, though, with a 2-7 record and career-worst 4.18 ERA in 15 starts to go along with the lowest strikeout rate of his decade-long career and his highest walk rate since 2008. For now the Giants are calling his injury merely inflammation.

Playing through an injury: Still a really, really bad idea.

Cain is making $20 million this season and is owed another $20 million per season through 2017, plus a $21 million option or $7.5 million buyout for 2018.

  1. temporarilyexiled - Jul 21, 2014 at 12:27 PM

    Hope the Giants have finally realized that the big money is already invested, regardless of what happens next, and that they’re better off finding out the truth, even if it means a worse-case-scenario, awful truth that’d put Cain out of action for a year or more. In the Giants’ defense, you don’t get the impression that Cain has been very truthful with his employers. At a certain point, just toughing it out is really just being stupid. But I’m just a sideline commenter, so I’m sure neither the Giants, or especially Matt Cain would want to hear it from me, or any other fan speck of dust.

  2. provguard - Jul 21, 2014 at 1:11 PM

    It is not very smart to keep sending your ace out to the mound with an injury? When the price of winning destroys a young arm, baseball has gone astray!!! Get some smarts Giants!!!

    • stex52 - Jul 21, 2014 at 1:36 PM

      I’d call him their deuce, Bumgarner being their ace. But otherwise you are right. They could be ruining a big investment.

  3. yahmule - Jul 21, 2014 at 1:48 PM

    Kind of amazing they would so cavalier about it. I have to think Matt must have been downplaying it to the team a little bit. Very strange.

  4. bbk1000 - Jul 22, 2014 at 4:28 PM

    Cain hitting Wright and the tip of the cap……who cares about Cain…..

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