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No one is sure when Matt Cain will pitch for the Giants again

Jul 22, 2014, 11:50 AM EDT

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After letting Matt Cain pitch (poorly) through a “cranky” elbow since spring training the Giants finally shut him down yesterday, placing him on the disabled list with elbow inflammation.

So how long will he be out? No one seems to have a firm grasp on that yet. Andrew Baggarly of reports that an MRI exam ruled out ulnar collateral ligament damage, so Tommy John surgery isn’t believed to be necessary, but Cain and manager Bruce Bochy basically said “who knows” when asked anything beyond that.

Cain has apparently been pitching through “loose bodies” in his elbow for four seasons now and it finally got bad enough to hurt his performance and then get him shut down. Of course, Cain refuses to talk to reporters about any injury stuff and actually claimed that the elbow problems were a new thing. So yeah … who knows.

Cain is still owed nearly $70 million on his contract and for now at least everyone involved seems against the idea of a relatively simple “clean up” procedure that would knock him out for six weeks, which suggests the Giants may still believe he can pitch again this season if rest and rehab works.

  1. thisdamnbox - Jul 22, 2014 at 12:29 PM

    Another injury-plagued season for the Giants where even one of the coaches is out… Doesn’t bode well for the stretch run…damn…

  2. temporarilyexiled - Jul 22, 2014 at 12:36 PM

    In the long run, even the money says get it fixed. Hope the Giants come to their senses and strongly advocate for him going under the knife (on purpose). Sorry, but enough is enough. Between Matt Cain keeping silent and the Giants playing the short-sighted, penny-pinching card, this is like watching a slow-motion train wreck, and it’s not nearly as ghoulishly entertaining.

  3. hoopmatch - Jul 22, 2014 at 1:19 PM

    But hey, they’ve got Dan Uggla now, so look on the bright side!

    • temporarilyexiled - Jul 22, 2014 at 5:36 PM

      Which is…what…they’re more diverse…now having another ugly player?

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