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The San Francisco Giants were able to breathe a sigh of relief last night after their game with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Matt Cain, their undisputed ace, was forced to leave the game in the fourth inning after being hit in the forearm with a line drive off the bat of Gabby Sanchez. Fortunately, all seemed to be well with Cain after the game.
Contusion on right forearm for Cain. X rays negative. #SFGiants
— Amy Gutierrez (@AmyGGiants) August 23, 2013
A contusion can still be a problem for a pitcher, so it's not a lock that Cain makes his next start, but considering the alternative, the diagnosis is a positive one. Despite the possibility of missing a start, Cain should be good to go. He is a competitor and unless there is something seriously bothering him, Cain will ask for the ball when his turn in the rotation comes up again.
The Giants are trying to sift their way through the wreckage of this lost season, and losing Cain would have been devastating. They may never be able to fully comprehend what went wrong this year, but injuries played their part. Had Cain suffered a serious injury, it would have been the straw the broke the camel's back. Fortunately, the team can move on knowing Cain is alright.
In 26 starts this season, Cain is 8-8 with a 4.43 ERA. That's a far cry from his career ERA of 3.38 or his 2012 ERA of 2.79. After back-to-back impressive seasons, the expectations were high for Cain coming into this year. However, much like the Giants as a whole, Cain struggled to live up to those expectations.
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When San Francisco Giants right-hander Matt Cain was
initially hit on his throwing forearm by a line drive during Thursday night’s contest against the Pittsburgh Pirates, X-rays came back negative. This had
some believing the ace wouldn’t require a stint on the disabled list, but that
ultimately didn’t prove to be the case. Cain is hitting the shelf for the first
Right-hander Matt Cain left his start against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the top of the fourth inning Thursday night after getting hit in the pitching arm on a line drive by Pittsburgh's Gaby Sanchez.
The Giants said he suffered a contusion on right forearm and X-rays were negative.
Athletic trainer Dave Groeschner and manager Bruce Bochy hustled out to check on Cain, who walked...
In the fourth inning of Thursday night's game against the Pirates Giants right-hander Matt Cain was struck on the throwing arm by a line drive off the bat of Gaby Sanchez and then promptly removed. Cain didn't appear to be in any obvious pain but after the trainer examined him he was lifted before even trying to throw a test pitch.
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