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The sight of the bullpen warming up is not something Matt Cain is used to in the first inning of a game, but that's exactly what happened on Wednesday night against the New York Mets. A short time later, following John Buck's two-run single, San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy pulled Cain for Mike Kickham after just 36 pitches. Cain told Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News that nothing was wrong, but Alex Pavlovic suggested that the Giants had concerns about the right-hander before he made this start.
No surprise after that first inning, but I’m told there have been in-house discussions about Cain’s health in recent days.
— Alex Pavlovic (@AlexPavlovic) July 10, 2013
Cain was adamant that nothing at all was wrong when Kawakami asked about his health, as this excerpt from the interview transcript shows.
-Q: First, were any health issues involved with what happened today?
-CAIN: No. Nothing at all. No.
No specific injury has been reported so it's not clear what aspect of Cain's health the Giants were discussing. The 28-year-old is not due to start again until after the All-Star Break, so he will have at least eight days rest between starts. Left-hander Kickham, who threw 94 pitches over 5 1/3 innings in relief, would likely be the player to move in to the rotation if there was any DL stint for Cain.
Going in to last night, Cain had a 4.85 ERA and unusually high home run rate (1.6 per nine), but all of Cain's other indicators seem fine. His 1.14 WHIP is up from last year but still does not correspond with his ERA and his xFIP is a full run lower at 3.84, which is especially unusual: Cain has historically outperformed that estimator by having a particularly low HR/FB percentage. Per Fangraphs, his average fastball velocity is also identical to last year.
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Games – 15
AL Games – 6
NL Games – 6
IL Games – 3
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