The Giants placed right-hander Matt Cain on the 15-day disabled list Monday, topping a flurry of transactions as the team prepares to open a three-game series against the Phillies in Philadelphia today.
Cain, who has inflammation related to the bone chips in his right elbow, is on the DL for the third time in three months. But the two instances, to mend a cut finger and a hamstring injury, had nothing to do with Cain’s throwing arm.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy recently admitted that Cain, who has endured bone chips or spurs in his elbow for years, was experiencing discomfort in his arm. Just before the All-Star break, Bochy dropped Cain from second to figth in the rotation, giving him 12 days off before what would have been his first start of the second half Tuesday against the Phillies.
As expected, the Giants also sent first first baseman Brandon Belt to the seven-day DL with a concussion. Belt experienced dizziness, a headache and nausea following a baserunning incident on Saturday in Miami.
The Giants replaced Cain and Belt on the active roster with right-hander George Kontos and infielder Adam Duval, both from Triple-A Fresno.
Right-hander Yusmeiro Petit was named to replace Cain as Tuesday’s starter.
Cain is 2-7 record with a career-worst 4.18 ERA in 15 games. In his last start, on July 9, Cain had an encouraging outing, allowing just two runs and five hit in six innings and earned the win in the Giants’ 5-2 victory over the A’s.