Giants right-hander Matt Cain's UCL checked out fine during his visit to Dr. James Andrews. However, as CSN Bay Area's Andrew Baggarly writes, Cain may instead require arthroscopic surgery to remove bone chips from his throwing elbow.
That's still surgery, but, of course, it's much less serious than undergoing Tommy John. Cain and the Giants haven't decided whether such a procedure will be necessary. If he does opt for arthroscopic surgery, then Cain would likely miss the remainder of the 2014 season.
Cain, 29, was placed on the disabled list July 21, retroactive to July 11, due to ongoing elbow issues. Surely in part because of that lingering pain, he's struggled this season: 4.18 ERA (82 ERA+), 2.19 K/BB ratio in 90 1/3 innings of work.
Cain's in the fifth year of an eight-year, $139.75 million deal that also includes a club option for 2018.