The San Francisco Giants have placed right-handed pitcher Matt Cain on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 24th, after he cut his finger with a knife.
According to Andrew Baggarly of CSN Bay Area Matt Cain “threw a full bullpen session on Friday with a bandage covering the fingertip and was thought to be OK to return to the rotation.”
Apparently things have changed, however, and the Giants didn’t want to take any chances. Still, since the DL placement is retroactive the 24th, it means Matt Cain could still start on Saturday.
As a result, the Giants will recall relief pitcher Jake Dunning from AAA Fresno to take his place on the roster.
In all likelihood it will be Yusmeiro Petit who takes Matt Cain’s spot in the rotation just as he did a few days ago when Cain was scratched from the lineup. In that game Petit pitched well and helped the Giants to a 6-0 victory.
This season Cain is still winless with a 0-3 record in five starts and has a 4.35 ERA. He has been inconsistent this season, but a lack of run support has hurt his record. Three times he has allowed two or fewer runs and has not gotten a win with two of those going for a loss while the other was a ‘no decision’.