Matt Cain became the latest Giant to end up in the trainer’s room – and possibly the disabled list.
Cain left his start after three innings Wednesday night because of a strained right hamstring, the team announced. Cain grimaced and grabbed his hamstring area on the last pitch he threw, which struck out Charlie Blackmon to end the third at Coors Field. After a lengthy discussion with head athletic trainer Dave Groeschner and pitching coach Dave Righetti, right-hander Yusmeiro Petit began warming up and replaced Cain to begin the fourth.
Cain didn’t allow a run in his three innings. Earlier in the third, he had to make a quick reaction on a line drive back to the mound from D.J. LeMahieu; the ball hit Cain’s glove and he recovered to throw for the out at first base. Groeschner checked on Cain after that play, but there was no visible sign he was hurt until his last pitch of the inning.
Cain had never been on the disabled list in his career until last season, when he was struck on the arm by a comebacker. He had gone on the DL earlier this year with a cut on his index finger he sustained while trying to cut a sandwich.
The Giants already were touch-and-go with Tim Hudson, who missed his last start because of a strained left hip. But Hudson threw all his pitches in a mound session Tuesday and is scheduled to take the ball Thursday.
This is a banged up roster. Catcher Buster Posey received another day off because of an irritated nerve in his back. And Brandon Belt will be out until late June, at the earliest, because of a fractured thumb.