Cain’s Monday status still uncertain as Giants open homestand

Published: Friday, May. 23, 2014 - 6:01 pm

SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy said right-hander Matt Cain was "bouncing around pretty good" before the team’s Friday series opener against the Minnesota Twins. But it’ll still be at least another day before the Giants know whether Cain will be able to make his next scheduled start Monday.

Cain (right hamstring strain), who’s scheduled to pitch the series opener against the Chicago Cubs, played catch Friday afternoon and took part in some on-field team work. Bochy said there’s a "good chance" the Giants will decide by Saturday on Cain’s availability for Monday. If Cain can’t go, Yusmeiro Petit figures to fill in.

Meanwhile, the Giants open their homestand tonight with Buster Posey at first base and Hector Sanchez catching Tim Lincecum. Bochy said that decision was partly to ensure Posey isn’t feeling any lingering soreness in his back -- Bochy said Posey told him he felt fine this afternoon -- and partly to get Sanchez in the lineup.

"I like the way he’s playing, so I’m trying to keep him going," Bochy said.

Here’s the full Giants lineup:

CF Pagan

RF Pence

1B Posey

3B Sandoval

LF Morse

C Sanchez

SS Crawford

2B Hicks

P Lincecum

And the Twins’ lineup:

2B Dozier

1B Mauer

3B Plouffe

RF Parmelee

C Suzuki

LF Kubel

SS Escobar

CF Hicks

P Gibson

* Bochy had a brief update on Marco Scutaro, who had platelet-rich plasma injection in his ailing back earlier this week. Scutaro is still in Florida with general soreness from the injection, Bochy said, and will "lay low" for about a week before returning to Arizona to resume workouts.

* With Santiago Casilla (hamstring) out for a while, Bochy said right-handed set-up outs will fall to a mixture of Jean Machi and Juan Gutierrez.

* The Giants have won 10 of their last 11 games against A.L. Central teams, including a three-game sweep of the Cleveland Indians in their first interleague series this season. Minnesota comes in hot, though, having won four consecutive series.

Call The Bee’s Matt Kawahara, (916) 321-1015. See his baseball coverage at Follow him on Twitter at @matthewkawahara.

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