Matt Cain to visit Dr. James Andrews about his ailing elbow

Matt Cain is going to visit with Dr. James Andrews about his elbow injury.
Matt Cain is going to visit with Dr. James Andrews about his elbow injury. (USATSI)

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Giants starting pitcher Matt Cain is headed to see the esteemed Dr. James Andrews regarding his elbow inflammation, per multiple Bay Area reports (Andrew Baggarly being one of them).

Cain, 29, was placed on the disabled list July 21, retroactive to July 11, due to ongoing elbow issues. He hasn't performed well at all this season, going 2-7 with a 4.18 ERA and 1.25 WHIP in 15 starts -- this coming off a down year in 2013. He admitted in early July he's been pitching through pain in his elbow this season.

Now, pump the brakes on the freak out here, Giants fans. Visits to Dr. Andrews don't always end with Tommy John surgery. He often recommends every possible path to avoiding surgery. Just repeat after me: This is just a visit ... this is just a visit ... this is just a visit.

Cain's in the fifth year of an eight-year, $139.75 million deal that also includes a club option for 2018.

The Giants do have a five-man rotation without Cain, as they recently traded for Jake Peavy and also have holdovers Madison Bumgarner, Tim Lincecum, Tim Hudson and Ryan Vogelsong.

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Matt Snyder has been a baseball writer with CBS Sports since 2011. A member of the BBWAA, he's now covered the last six World Series beginning with the epic 2011 Fall Classic. The former Indiana University... Full Bio

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