Cain takes comebacker off throwing arm, exits game
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SAN FRANCISCO -- Matt Cain was forced to leave Thursday's contest against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the fourth inning when a comebacker off the bat of Gaby Sanchez nailed the Giants starter in his right forearm.

Cain immediately went for X-rays, which came back negative. The team is calling it a right forearm contusion.

The ball caromed off Cain toward second base, where Marco Scutaro made a nice flip to record the unique 1-4-3 putout, and manager Bruce Bochy and head athletic trainer David Groeschner immediately poured onto the field to tend to their ace, bent on the mound taking inventory.

The mound conversation was short, and no practice pitches were thrown before Cain was escorted off the field looking up at the Giants' 3-1 deficit.

Cain threw 64 pitches and completed 3 1/3 innings. He allowed three earned runs on seven hits, striking out three. Cain ceded two solo home runs in the second inning, bringing his season total to 21 -- just one shy of his career high.

Guillermo Moscoso entered the game and struck out Jordy Mercer and opposing pitcher Jeff Locke to end the fourth.