Matt Cain has been put on the 15 day disabled list with a contusion on the right forearm after being hit by a line drive from Gabby Sanchez in the 4th inning last night.
A contusion is a fancy word for a bruise but a bad one nonetheless. With a contusion (hit by a blunt object, like a baseball), the underlying muscle fibers and connective tissue get crushed without breaking the skin. Range of motion near the injury can also be limited.
Cain has also never been placed on the disabled list in his career which spans eight seasons in the majors. He has pitched 1693 innings for the Giants with a 3.38 career ERA. Cain has pitched 156 innings for the Giants this season and is 8-8 with a 4.43 ERA.
#sfgiants just flat decided to shut Cain down until this thing is totally healed. This is what last-place teams can do.
— Henry Schulman (@hankschulman) August 23, 2013
Bochy said Cain would “have to have a tremendous recovery and not feel anything” to avoid missing a start.
— Alex Pavlovic (@AlexPavlovic) August 23, 2013
Andres Torres was also placed on the 15-day disabled list Thursday because of a strained left Achilles and might not return this season. it was reported by the Mercury News that Torres has had bone spurs in his foot since getting hurt in the second home game of the 2011 season.
“I need to be 100 percent,” Torres said. “After we won the World Series and they gave us the rings (April 9, 2011), I hurt this foot and I’ve never been the same. Playing like this is not going to be good for me and it’s not going to be good for the organization. I respect them a lot. This is something I have to work to get better.” – Andres Torres, courtesy of Associated Press.
— Nate Stuhlbarg (@StuhlbargCSN) August 22, 2013
The Giants purchased Yusimiero Petit’s contact from Fresno and he was added to the 25 and 40 man roster today.
— San Francisco Giants (@SFGiants) August 23, 2013