LOS ANGELES -- Matt Cain did something on Tuesday that he has done almost his entire life, but it was still a big step.
Cain threw 25 pitches from a distance of about 60 feet. It was his first game of catch since he went on the DL with a flexor strain just before he was supposed to make his season debut.
"It was good, it was really good," Cain said. "It was nothing too intense, but it's definitely a good positive. The ball felt like it was coming out fine."
Cain will play catch again on Wednesday.
"It's a step," manager Bruce Bochy said. "Each time he plays catch we'll see how he comes out of it. They'll ramp it up after tomorrow, I would think, if he comes out of that fine."
The time on the DL hasn't hurt Cain's sense of humor. Asked how far he was standing from throwing partner Dave Groeschner, Cain said "61 1/4 feet."
"That's (60 feet) what it was supposed to be," Cain said. "If it was farther or shorter, it was Dave's fault."