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Matt Cain (SP)

San Francisco Giants - 38% owned

Bats: R, Throws: R

Matt Cain had a 35-40 pitch bullpen session today, but admitted he won't be back until after the All-Star Break. (Source: KNBR)

Fantasy Impact: Cain was placed on the 15-day DL with a flexor tendon strain without throwing a pitch this season. This comes after he was put on the DL last season after undergoing elbow surgery. With Cain's current timetable, it will be over a year since he last pitched in a regular season game. He used to be one of baseball's dominant pitchers, but has fallen off the last few years. He's worth monitoring when he gets back, but don't go running to the waiver wire to stash him.


Category: Injury Updates

Matt Cain placed on 15-day DL

Tue, Apr 7th 8:58pm EDT
By Jeff Krisko

The Giants placed Matt Cain on the 15-day DL, retroactive to April 3 with his right flexor strain. (Source: SFGate)

Fantasy Impact: This isn't surprising, as Bochy described it as a "two-week thing" last night. With Jake Peavy potentially missing a start and Chris Heston taking his spot in the rotation, the Giants placing Cain on the DL knowing he'll be out the full span is unsurprising. He can be cut in most leagues if you're short on DL slots.


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Cain will miss his start this week, but Bruce Bochy said Matt Cain's forearm tightness is not very serious, calling it a "two-week thing." (Source: Henry Schulman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Dr. Bochy provides us with the straight medical analysis, but his statement is reassuring. Forearm tightness is usually a symptom of a UCL tear. UCL tears usually lead to Tommy John Surgery, which would put Cain out for the season and part of 2016. Cain hopes his bone spur procedure that ended his 2014 season puts him back on track to his pre-2013 form, and so do his owners.


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Matt Cain undergoes MRI

Mon, Apr 6th 9:47pm EDT
By Blaine Blontz

Giants SP Matt Cain underwent an MRI on his throwing arm after experiencing tightness in his forearm. (Source: Andrew Baggarly on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Cain experienced the tightness following his final Spring Training start. Given the ailment, the right-hander is questionable to make his scheduled start on Wednesday. It would seem unlikely that he takes the mound. Cain regressed over the past two years, and this is certainly not the start he was hoping for.


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Matt Cain struck out six in 3 1/3 innings today in a Triple-A exhibition. He touched 92 while giving up two hits, one run and one HBP. He threw 51 pitches. (Source: CSN Bay Area)

Fantasy Impact: Matt Cain has looked good in his Spring outings so far, and will likely make one more start before Opening Day. Cain had a rough 2013 and 2014, much of which has been attributed to bone chips in his throwing elbow. While a return to his 2012 numbers (2.79 ERA, 219.1 innings, 193 Ks) may not be in the cards for Cain post-bone chips, certainly look for him to return closer to his pre-2013 ERA of 3.19 and 7.3 K/9.


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Matt Cain threw two perfect innings on 20 pitches versus the Dodgers Monday.

Fantasy Impact: While Spring Training statistics don't matter, this is huge for Cain, as he stated his elbow was in great shape after the game. His Spring Training will be one to monitor, as his surgery and subsequent rest may have fixed the pitch speed issues he's had the last few seasons, which has led to a decline in results.


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