Feb. 24, 2013; Mesa, AZ, USA; General view of the game between the San Francisco Giants and the Chicago Cubs at Hohokam Park. The Cubs won 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Giants: Cain Injured In First Cactus League Start Versus Cubs

A team may limit a player’s innings during spring training, but that doesn’t entirely prevent him from suffering an injury or injuries. The Giants were reminded of that sentiment on Sunday afternoon, as Matt Cain took a comebacker off his right leg.

Feb. 24, 2013; Mesa, AZ, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Matt Cain (18) throws during the first inning against the Chicago Cubs at Hohokam Park. The Cubs won 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Cain was in obvious discomfort after he was drilled by Alfonso Soriano’s comebacker, limping around the mound for a few moments before being cleared to finish his first inning of the spring. On the very next play, ex-Giant Nate Scheitioltz hit a grounder to the right side, which required Cain to race over to the ball to record the out. He did, albeit with much concern from the Giants dugout.

Cain’s injury wasn’t the only negative headline on Sunday.

Following the blow to his leg, which scored a run, Dioner Navarro hit a three-run homer to put the Cubs up 4-1. Cain said that the injury had nothing to do with the home run he allowed, though.

The right-hander’s outing was done after one inning, as the Giants took all precautions. Plus, he threw a lot of pitches in the first inning anyway.

Cain spoke to the Associated Press:

“It should be fine,” said Cain, who has been tabbed by manager Bruce Bochy to make his first career Opening Day start for the defending World Series champions. “Just some ice now. Nothing to worry about, I don’t thinkThe Giants, meanwhile, lost 4-3. Below are some notable stats and observations:

  • Pablo Sandoval went 2-for-3 with an RBI
  • Santiago Casilla showed some great command of his pitches in his one inning of work
  • Gary Brown made two incredible catches with the wind swirling the ball in every sort of direction
  • Francisco Peguero had two hits

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