Matt Cain could return to San Francisco Giants in early July
The San Francisco Giants could be getting their “horse” back in the bullpen very soon.
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Starting pitcher Matt Cain threw a successful bullpen session on Sunday morning and will be facing live hitters on Tuesday during a bullpen session, according to CBSSports. If all goes well, he could make a rehab start with Sacramento later this week.
The Giants do not know how many starts Cain will need before he will be able to return to the team.
Cain, 31, was placed on the disabled list on June 15 after aggravating his right hamstring. Cain’s last start was on June 13 against the Milwaukee Brewers, where he pitched only 3.2 innings, giving up three runs and five walks.
Cain is 1-5 this season, with a 5.34 ERA in 571. innings pitched.
Albert Suarez has replaced Cain in the No. 5 spots–and has done a decent job. He is 1-0 in four starts with the Giants, with a 4.29 ERA and only giving up 17 hits in 21 innings pitched.
Cain was on fire before he hit the disabled list. He had a 1.59 ERA in four starts before his injury against the Brewers, according to MLB.com.
Perhaps his best start was against the Chicago Cubs on May 21. He pitched six shutout innings, with five strikeouts and two walks.
If he comes back healthy and resembles anything like he was in 2009-2012, Cain could round out the best rotation in baseball.