SAN FRANCISCO -- Matt Cain's return to the rotation didn't last long. The Giants put Cain back on the 15-day disabled list before Tuesday's game with the same right hamstring strain that he had just come back from.
"He was very sore in the hamstring area again," manager Bruce Bochy said after a 3-2 win over the Brewers. "He was missing his next start and I decided it would be better to DL him. Let's get this thing right and back to 100 percent."
Bochy said Cain understood the decision. He had an MRI that revealed the same moderate strain that put him on the DL late last month. Cain pitched just 3 2/3 innings Monday night in his first start since May 27, when he first hurt the hamstring. Chris Stratton, who was sent back to Triple-A on Monday, was recalled and available for Tuesday night's game.
The Giants will likely shift Albert Suarez back into the rotation to fill in for Cain. Suarez was solid in three spot starts and followed Cain on Monday with 3 2/3 innings of his own.
The Cain news came just a few hours after Angel Pagan was activated from the disabled list after dealing with his own hamstring strain. Hunter Pence is also on the DL with a hamstring injury.