Apr 18, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants starting Matt Cain (18) throws during the first inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Matt Cain scratched from Saturday start due to hamstring

San Francisco Giants’ Matt Cain will be scratched from his scheduled start Saturday against the St. Louis Cardinals. The move is a precaution regarding Cain’s strained right hamstring and he will now be placed on a 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 22.

Giant’s manager Bruce Bochy made the announcement Friday and stated Cain will be activated next Friday to pitch against the New York Mets at home.

“We’re going to take the safe route and wait a few more days until we’re convinced that he’s 100 percent over this,” Bochy said. “We don’t want to put him in a situation where he’s at risk of re-injuring this,” Bochy said.

Despite healing well, Cain still has some slight discomfort. This is now Cain’s fourth missed start when combining his cut hand with his strained hamstring.

The hamstring is an area which can re-injure itself quite easily once jeopardized. The precaution is a great move on the clubs behalf and hopefully Cain will be ready to play next week.

Cain is currently the Giants number 2 starter and is  1-3 with a 3.66 ERA in eight games.

Yusmeiro Petit will replace Cain in the lineup on Saturday.

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