Giants injury updates: Latest news on Hunter Pence, Matt Cain and Jake Peavy

By Matthew Connolly
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Mar 29, 2015; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; San Francisco Giants pitcher Matt Cain (18) on the mound during a spring training game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Scottsdale Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Allan Henry-USA TODAY Sports

Matt Cain and Jake Peavy

Cain took a huge step in his rehab earlier this week, leaving the team to throw an extended spring training game in Scottsdale. Apparently, that session went well, as news dropped on Friday that the three-time All-Star would be taking his talents to Double-A Richmond.

Watch your back, young Squirrels:

If all goes well in this start, Cainer should be right on schedule to rejoin the Giants around the All-Star break.

Rotation-mate Jake Peavy should be up even sooner than that if he can pitch effectively in a few more starts for Triple-A Sacramento. Though he got rocked in his last outing for the ’Cats (6 ER in 4.2 IP), Peavy left a midweek bullpen session feeling rejuvenated:

The former NL Cy Young Award winner will have a chance to prove that on Saturday night—his first start since the blowup. A strong performance could expedite his eventual call-up, but the Giants probably won’t rush it since Peavy experienced a setback last month.

Update: Peavy went 4 1/3, giving up two runs on four hits while striking out five. More importantly, he said he “felt great,” according to Bruce Bochy (via Alex Pavlovic).