No pain for Cain
Cain is showing signs of being ready to go, and he has the track record that says if he's healthy, he's one of the game's elite. Yes, he had the bone chips, but he did just turn 30 last October. And from 2009-12, Cain put together a resume where San Francisco was 79-52 when he started, and Cain was 55-35 with a 2.93 ERA, working more than 200 innings each season and making three All-Star appearances.
That's why Sunday was such a relief for the Giants.
"He's real close," manager Bruce Bochy said. "He's not feeling anything."
It's what Bochy was thinking after taking time the other afternoon to go to the Minor League complex and watch Cain throw five innings, which "convinced me he was over the hump. He was not hesitant to throw every pitch. He went [to the mound] five times and felt fine the next day. He's not as sharp as he's going to be. He's a little behind, but he's coming on."
Scouts had Cain's four-seam fastball at 91 to 93 mph and his two-seam fastball at 89 and 90. Nobody saw any kinks in the arm action.
"The fastball command wasn't that great, but the breaking ball and changeup had bite on them," Cain said.
And Cain never had a grimace on his face.
"I was definitely wondering," he admitted about a possible ache or pain. "I've never been through this. I have to learn on the run. I just let the trainers to do their job. They weren't worried about things. The big thing was to calm down and get over that hump."