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Giants manager Bruce Bochy doesn’t expect Matt Cain to pitch again this year

Aug 1, 2014, 8:35 PM EDT

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We heard yesterday that while Giants right-hander Matt Cain doesn’t need Tommy John surgery, he’s dealing with “loose bodies” in his elbow. There’s nothing official yet, but it certainly sounds like his season is over.

Here’s the latest on Cain from CSNBayArea.com:

The Giants’ medical staff recommended surgery for Matt Cain’s inflamed right elbow. Two more doctors offered concurring opinions, including noted orthopedist Dr. James Andrews.

But Cain has to be on board as well, and he hasn’t signed off yet. The Giants’ right-hander wanted to try throwing one more time, playing catch from 60 feet in New York on Friday.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy told reporters at Citi Field that he was not optimistic Cain would throw another pitch this season.

“Chances are, if you’re putting odds on it, the odds are not going to be that he will pitch,” Bochy told reporters.

Cain needs surgery no matter what, so it’s really just a matter of when. Assuming he opts to have it now, he should have plenty of time to rehab in advance of spring training next year. But there’s nothing final yet.

This has been a year to forget for Cain, as he has posted a career-high 4.18 ERA over 15 starts while serving three stints on the disabled list. He turns 30 in August and is owed $67.5 million from 2015-2017.

  1. blabidibla - Aug 1, 2014 at 9:01 PM

    He’s already earned that money with 2 World Series Championships.

    Get is done, big man. We need you next season.

    • clydeserra - Aug 1, 2014 at 9:11 PM

      did he win those (at least one) before the contract?

      You sure are generous with other people’s money.

      • blabidibla - Aug 1, 2014 at 9:18 PM

        That money is spent.

        You can choose to look at it however you want.

      • skerney - Aug 2, 2014 at 1:22 AM

        One before his current contract, one after.

      • temporarilyexiled - Aug 2, 2014 at 10:19 AM

        We’re fans. Are we now supposed to try to capture some self-delusional moral high ground by espousing our version of sound financial management for the Giants? It’s really quite simple. It’s time for Matt Cain to wise up and stop playing the misguided hero. That the Giants have thoroughly looked into what needs to happen and are encouraging him to go under the knife sooner rather than later is in itself encouraging. I just wish it had gone something more like: The second Matt Cain felt something and/or medical examination revealed “loose bodies” (one or both of these may’ve happened QUITE some time ago), that’s when what’s about to happen anyway should’ve happened. If I sound hypocritical, like some sort of advocate for surgery being the moral high ground, so be it. He pitched so very much for so very long without any sniff of arm trouble (even if there should’ve been). These things always have a way of catching up…with everyone. None of this is a surprise.

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