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18 Matt Cain SP
Height/Weight: 6-3/230 | Birthdate: 10/1/1984 | Birthplace: Dothan, AL | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: San Francisco | College: No College | MLB Experience: 11 | Salary: $20,833,333 | Owned/Started%: 39/9 | Average Draft Position: 177.64
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Giants SP Matt Cain back on DL with elbow nerve irritation


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2015) The Giants have placed embattled starter Matt Cain on the disabled list with right elbow nerve irritation, CSN Bay Area has reported.

Cain is having easily his worst season after losing the first three months to an elbow issue. His 6.15 ERA is nearly two points higher than any he has compiled in a full season during his career.


Report: Giants to start Chris Heston over Matt Cain on Sunday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2015) The Giants are planning to promote and start Chris Heston rather than Matt Cain on Sunday against St. Louis, according to CSN Bay Area, which explans that the former threw a bullpen session Wednesday to prepare himself for the outing. 

Cain has been a mess most of the year. He allowed six runs in in five innings Tuesday to the Cubs to lower his record to 2-4 and raise his ERA to 6.15.

If he is indeed getting skipped this weekend, it remains to be seen if he is permanently out of the rotation as San Francisco continues to fight for a playoff spot.


Giants SP Matt Cain gives up two home runs in loss Tuesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/26/2015) Giants starter Matt Cain had a rough outing against the Cubs on Tuesday. The veteran right-hander allowed six runs on eight hits over five innings. He walked two and struck out three in the 8-5 loss.

Cain (2-4, 6.15 ERA) was done in by a pair of poor innings. He allowed a three-run home run to Kyle Schwarber in the third inning and followed that up by serving up a two-run shot to Miguel Montero as part of a three-run fourth.

Cain has struggled this season, and the home run ball has been a particular source of his troubles. He has allowed at least one home run in all but two of his 10 starts this season. He has also allowed at least four earned runs in seven of those outings.


Giants SP Matt Cain allows two runs in no-decision


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(8/19/2015) Giants starting pitcher Matt Cain enjoyed a solid outing during his start against the Cardinals on Wednesday.

Cain allowed just two hits on six hits in six innings. He struck out six batters, but allowed a walk and a home run in the no-decision.

Cain (2-3) has a 5.66 ERA in 47 2/3 innings of work this season.


Giants push back Mike Leake's start; move up Ryan Vogelsong, Matt Cain


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(8/17/2015) The Giants will not activate pitcher Mike Leake on Tuesday and instead will push back his next start, reports CSN Bay Area.

Leake was scheduled to start Tuesday, but the team wants to give him more time to recover from his hamstring injury. As a result, the team will turn to pitchers Ryan Vogelsong on Tuesday and Matt Cain on Wednesday.


Bochy won't commit to keeping Giants P Matt Cain in rotation


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/15/2015) Bruce Bochy did not give failing Giants starter Matt Cain a vote of confidence when asked Saturday after his immediate future as part of the rotation, per the Bay Area News Group.

His spot will soon be jeopardized by the return of Mike Leake and Tim Hudson from the disabled list, as well as the work of young reliever Josh Osich, who would be difficult to demote with an 0.84 ERA in 12 appearances.

Cain is 0-2 with an 8.24 ERA over his last four starts and owns a 6.05 ERA on the year.


Giants SP Matt Cain allows five runs in no-decision Friday


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(8/15/2015) Giants starting pitcher Matt Cain was not impressive on Friday against the Nationals.

Cain allowed five runs on six hits over 4 2/3 innings of work. He allowed two home runs and gave up a walk.

Cain (2-3) has a 6.05 ERA in 41 2/3 innings this season.


Giants' Matt Cain loses in shortest start of year


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(8/8/2015) Giants pitcher Matt Cain lasted just four innings, his shortest start of thee year, in a loss to the Cubs on Saturday. 

Cain allowed five runs and has given up 13 in the last 15 innings pitched, over three starts. He gave up six hits and walked a season-high five. 


Giants SP Matt Cain can't get a win despite big lead on Monday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/3/2015) Giants starter Matt Cain struggled once again on Monday, his sixth start of the season after spending the beginning of the year on the disabled list. On Monday, after being staked to a 6-0 lead, Cain gave up four runs on 10 hits over five-plus innings. He walked one and struck out one, throwing 54 of his 80 pitches for strikes.

Cain cruised through the first five innings, blanking the Giants along the way. But the wheels came off in the sixth. He allowed the first two batters to reach before serving up a three-run home run to Jace Peterson. He gave up a double to the next batter, and was then lifted from the game. That run came around to score and was charged to Cain.

Though he left the game leading 6-4, Cain did not factor in the final decision, as the Braves rallied to tie the game before winning 8-7 in walk-off fashion.

Cain has now allowed four or more runs in four of his six starts. His ERA now sits at 4.91 for the season.


Giants SP Matt Cain gets beaten by Brewers on Tuesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/29/2015) For the third time in five starts this year, Giants starter Matt Cain allowed at least four runs in an outing. On Tuesday, the right-hander allowed four runs on eight hits over six innings of work. He struck out three and did not walk a batter, as his record dropped to 2-2 in the 5-2 loss to the Brewers. 

Cain, whose ERA increased to 4.50, gave up two runs in the first and then one each in the third and fourth innings. The Brewers just kept on hitting, as the eight hits match a season-high for Cain.

Since making his season debut on July 2, Cain has been rather inconsistent, posting two strong outings to go along with the three sub-par performances.


Giants SP Matt Cain rebounds with fine effort against Padres


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/22/2015) Giants right-hander Matt Cain established a pattern of following a bad start with a good one Wednesday in San Diego. Inconsistency has indeed marked his return from a forearm injury.

Cain was fine against the Padres, allowing one run on five hits in six innings to raise his record to 2-1 and lower his ERA to 4.09. He walked one and fanned five.

His lone hiccup was a solo home run by Jedd Gyorko in the second inning. He pitched out of jams in the third and fourth, but yielded no hits thereafter.


Giants SP Matt Cain struggles in no-decision vs. D-Backs on Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/18/2015) Giants starter Matt Cain struggled in his outing against the Diamondbacks on Friday. The right-hander allowed four runs on eight hits over five innings. He struck out five and did not walk a batter, as he was left with a no-decision. 

Cain gave up a solo home run to Chris Owings in the fourth inning, with his team already trailing 3-1 at that point. 

This was the third start of the season for Cain, who now sports a 5.06 ERA. He has sandwiched one stellar start in between two disappointing outings since returning from a forearm injury.


Giants shuffle rotation, Ryan Vogelsong will head to bullpen


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/16/2015) The Giants will shuffle their rotation coming out of the All-Star break, according to CSN Bay Area.

The Giants will go with Matt Cain, Jake Peavy, Madison Bumgarner, Tim Hudson and Chris Heston once they return to the field. This leaves starting pitcher Ryan Vogelsong as the odd man out in the rotation, which will push him into the bullpen.

Vogelsong (6-6) has a 4.23 ERA with 70 strikeouts and 42 walks in 95 2/3 innings this season.


Giants set rotation for weekend series in Arizona


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(7/16/2015) The Giants have announced their rotation plans for the first series coming out of the All-Star break. Matt Cain will start on Friday against the Diamondbacks in Arizona. Then Jake Peavy will go on Saturday, with 2015 All-Star Madison Bumgarner wrapping up the series on Sunday. 

Giants SP Matt Cain receives win in Tuesday's start


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(7/8/2015) Giants pitcher Matt Cain was solid throughout Tuesday's start against the Mets, which the Giants won 3-0.

Cain did not give up a run over six innings of work. He allowed two hits while striking out seven and walking two. He received his first win of the season for his effort and he is now 1-1 with a 4.09 ERA.

Tuesday was just his second start this season after returning from a forearm injury.

"It's been a long time, a long road," Cain said, per MLB.com. "I definitely didn't think it was going to be this long in between being back out here but it [was]. ... It was nice to be back and throwing here. I had a little taste of that in the exhibition games and it was just a nice welcome. Today, it couldn't have been better. The crowd was great."


Giants P Matt Cain gives up 5 runs in loss


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(7/2/2015) Giants pitcher Matt Cain's season-debut was one that included a lot of rust him get tagged for five earned runs in Thursday afternoon's 5-4 loss to the Marlins. 

Cain went five innings, surrendered seven hits, walked four batters and struck out two. This was Cain's first performance of the season after returning from the disabled list due to a forearm injury. 

"I think he should be encouraged," manager Bruce Bochy said, per MLB.com. "His first four innings, I thought he was pretty good. He's going to get better, building up his strength and stamina. He looks healthy, I'll say that."

Cain's ERA to start his season is 9.00. 


Giants SP Matt Cain comes off DL, Tim Lincecum goes on DL


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/2/2015) As expected, the Giants activated starting pitcher Matt Cain (forearm) from the 15-day disabled list prior to Thursday's game against the Marlins. To clear a roster spot, starting pitcher Tim Lincecum (forearm) went on the 15-day disabled list.

Giants' Bochy confirms Cain starting Thursday, Peavy starting Friday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/30/2015) Giants manager Bruce Bochy confirmed Tuesday starting pitcher Matt Cain (forearm) will return from the disabled list Thursday at Miami. One day later, Jake Peavy (back) will come off the disabled list to start Friday against the Nationals.

Giants SP Matt Cain expected to make season debut on Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/30/2015) Giants right-hander Matt Cain last pitched in the big leagues on July 9, 2014. Now, after months of rehabbing, Cain is on track to make his long-awaited return to the mound for the Giants on Thursday in Miami.

"It’s been a long time, a lot of working out, rehabbing, watching and not being able to participate," Cain said, per the San Francisco Chronicle. "It will be good, like you can contribute some."

Cain had surgery last year to remove bone chips from his pitching elbow and his ankle. He also suffered a strained flexor tendon at the end of spring training this year. He is slated to make his season debut on Thursday against the Marlins.


Giants SP Matt Cain makes fourth rehab start on Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/26/2015) Giants right-hander Matt Cain made another rehab start for Triple-A Sacramento on Thursday. Cain, who is tentatively scheduled to make his season debut on July 2 in Miami, pitched 5 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on four hits. He walked two and struck out four, tossing 98 pitches in the outing. 

Cain has made a total of four rehab starts, as he has been recovering from a forearm injury that has kept him out of action all season. He has allowed nine earned runs in 19 1/3 innings, while recording an impressive 19:5 K:BB ratio during his rehab.


Giants to have Peavy, Cain do another rehab start before return


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/23/2015) The Giants will have pitchers Jake Peavy and Matt Cain make one more rehab start each before returning to the team, according to CSN Bay Area. 

Peavy and Cain are expected to return to the Giants on July 2 and 3. 

Both pitchers have been recovering from forearm injuries. Peavy has appeared in two games this season and surrendered a total of eight earned runs. Cain hasn't made an appearance at all this season. 


Giant SP Matt Cain gives up two runs in rehab start Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/21/2015) Giants starter Matt Cain had his second rehab outing with Triple A Sacramento on Saturday. The right-hander threw 6 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on five hits. He struck out six and did not walk a batter, throwing 59 of his 89 pitches for strikes.

Cain is working his way back from a forearm injury, and will likely need one or two more rehab starts before he is ready to return to the rotation.


Giants pitchers Cain, Peavy to make rehab starts this weekend


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/19/2015) Giants right-handers Matt Cain and Jake Peavy are scheduled to make at least one more rehab start each, as they continue to work their way back to the big-league rotation.

Cain, who has been shelved all season with a forearm injury, will start for Triple-A Sacramento on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Peavy will get the start on Sunday for Sacramento, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Peavy has made two starts with the Giants this season before going down with a back injury. 


Giants SP Matt Cain likely to make at least two more rehab starts


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/16/2015) Giants starting pitcher Matt Cain (forearm) ranged from 90-94 mph with his fastball during a rehab outing Monday for Triple-A Sacramento, per CSNBayArea.com. Cain said he was pleased with his performance, but he needs to work on getting his pitch count up.

"That was good," he said. "I was throwing my fastball a good bit, which is nice. The location wasn't great all the time ... the breaking ball was a lot better."

Cain said there is no set timetable for his return, but he is expected to need at least two more rehab starts.

"Unless he surprises us and goes seven or eight in his next start," manager Bruce Bochy said. 


Giants SP Matt Cain allows four runs in rehab start Monday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/16/2015) Giants pitcher Matt Cain struggled during Monday's rehab start at Triple-A.

Cain allowed four runs (three earned) on six hits over 3 1/3 innings. He also struck out seven and walked two, but he surrendered a home run.

Monday's contest was his first outing at Triple-A during his rehab assignment. He has not pitched this season for the Giants because of a forearm injury.