The hits just keep coming for the San Francisco Giants as they announced Monday morning that RHP Matt Cain would be placed on the 15-day disabled list with a “cranky” elbow, according to CSN Bay Area. Cain was supposed to pitch Tuesday night in Philadelphia, but instead will be replaced in the lineup with Yusmeiro Petit. George Kontos has been recalled from Fresno to fill Cain’s roster spot and replace Petit in the bullpen.
Cain’s stint on the DL, his 3rd this season, will be retroactive to July 11th and the Giants expect him to make his next scheduled appearance on Sunday.
The news doesn’t come as surprising as Cain has struggled all season long and Bruce Bochy finally admitted over the weekend that Cain had issues with his elbow. Of course, just days before that,when it was announced Cain would be moved to the bottom of the starting rotation, Bochy indicated all was okay with Cain.
“He’s fine. We’re just going to push him back,” Bochy said on July 13.” There’s not really any specific (reason). We just think it’d be good to back him off. If we have to move him up, we will.”
Petit, who is replacing Cain on Tuesday, has pitched in 26 games this season and started 5. He’s 3-3 with a 3.86 ERA in 63 innings pitched.
This news comes just a day after the Giants announced Brandon Belt would be placed on the 7-day concussion DL. With the troubles the Giants are having staying healthy, it will be tough for them to stay in the playoff race unless they make some good moves at the trade deadline. Specifically, they have to find someone to fill Angel Pagan‘s role, the empty 2B role, although Joe Panik is playing decent ball right now, and now potentially a starting pitching spot.