SAN FRANCISCO -- Matt Cain has no idea how he’ll handle the dead time of being on the 15-day disabled list, which is understandable.
The Giants Opening Day starter was placed on the injured list for the first time in his nine-year major league career Friday, a day after he suffered a bruised right forearm when he was struck by a line drive.
Cain wore a bandage around his forearm Friday afternoon, but said he was feeling a bit better. That didn’t ease the sting of being sidelined.
“I take pride being able to go out and take the ball every fifth day,” he said. “Not being able to do that, it will definitely be a different situation to watch somebody else start for you.”
Cain added that he understood the Giants’ decision.
“It probably would have been pushing it to make my next start anyway,” he said. “Without any (off) days, it would kind of be putting the team in a bind as well.”
Asked if it was his intention to pitch again this season, Cain replied: “I’m not even gonna answer that one.”
Cain, 28, made 261 career starts before making his first trip to the disabled list -- the sixth-longest streak among active pitchers, according to STATS LLC.
If the Giants were in postseason contention, Bochy said they might have waited a bit longer before shelving the right-hander. Even Cain said he thought he might have been able to return after missing just one start.
But considering San Francisco is 56-71, “we’re much better off being a little cautious,” Bochy said. “Sometimes it’s not bad for a guy to take a break anyway. Not that he needs one. But with this contusion, it’s a pretty good one. Why take a chance now?”
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The Giants purchased the contract of right-hander Yusmeiro Petit from Triple-A Fresno to take Cain’s roster spot, and Bochy said Petit is a strong candidate to start Tuesday at Colorado in Cain’s place. Petit, 28, made his only previous big league appearance this season on July 23, an impressive 5 1/3-inning relief stint against Cincinnati when he gave up two runs but struck out seven and walked none.
Petit is considered available out of the bullpen Friday and Saturday, which Bochy says wouldn’t preclude him from starting Tuesday. Petit was 5-6 with a 4.52 ERA in 15 starts for Triple-A Fresno.