As previously anticipated, Matt Cain will return to the pitchers mound for the San Francisco Giants on Friday in the series opener against the New York Mets. Bruce Bochy said that Cain was “good to go” on Wednesday and looks forward to his return.
Cain was recovering from a strained hamstring which was injured May 21 while playing the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Despite pitching a great bullpen last week, precautions were taken rather than risk further injury. The hamstring can be a tricky muscle to heal 100% and taking the necessary steps are vital. Given if this was the end of the season, Cain would have been back on the mound a week ago, however the club is taking advantage of the timing of the injury.
Through eight starts, Cain has a 3.66 ERA, a 1.22 WHIP and a 7.5 K/9 mark.
The Giants return home after a final game against the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday. Already ahead of the NL West, the Giants have a chance to obtain a greater lead with the roster becoming ever more healthy.
The Giants play great at home and getting ready for this 10 game home stint is great to help advance in the league. However, it is no secret that the team has a history of dry spells in the middle of the season, so any wins from here on out will be gladly taken.