Matt Cain needs surgery for bone chips, may try to pitch through it

Matt Cain may try to pitch with bone chips in his elbow.
Matt Cain may try to pitch with bone chips in his elbow. (USATSI)

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Giants right-hander Matt Cain told reporters he needs surgery to remove bone chips from his elbow, though he has not decided whether to have it immediately or try to pitch through the injury.

Cain, 29, was examined by Dr. James Andrews and Dr. David Altchek, both of whom confirmed surgery is necessary. If Cain has it right away, the procedure would end his season but have him ready in time for spring training.

Doctors confirmed Cain does not have any ligament damage in his elbow, which is great, but surgery to remove bone chips is still a big deal. The Giants come into Friday a half-game up on a wild-card spot and still in need of starting pitching despite adding Jake Peavy before the trade deadline.

Cain 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.

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Mike Axisa joined CBS Sports in 2013. He has been a member of the BBWAA since 2015 and has previously written about both fantasy baseball and real life baseball for MLBTradeRumors.com, FanGraphs.com, RotoAuthority.com,... Full Bio

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