Cahill (1-1) earned the win Wednesday with two scoreless innings versus the Mariners. He allowed two hits and a walk and struck out four. Cahill entered the contest in relief of Caleb Baragar, who walked all three batters he faced. Cahill then ended that threat and was solid over the remainder of his relief outing. It was the 32-year-old's first relief appearance of the year, and seventh overall. He has a 3.68 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 27 strikeouts in 22 innings. Cahill could work either as a spot starter or in a multi-inning relief role during the rest of the regular season.
Cahill (0-1) was tagged with loss against the Padres on Thursday, allowing four runs on five hits with three strikeouts across three innings. Cahill gave up back-to-back RBI doubles to Mitch Moreland and Austin Nola in the first inning, followed by a solo home run to Manny Machado in the third. The 32-year-old threw 33 of 50 pitches for strikes and did not issue any walks but was lifted after the third frame. With Jeff Samardzija (shoulder) and Drew Smyly (finger) throwing simulated games in recently, Cahill could be moved to the bullpen relatively soon. As of now, he's scheduled for a Wednesday contest at Seattle.
Cahill will start Thursday's series opener versus the Padres, John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. With injured starters Jeff Samardzija (shoulder) and Drew Smyly (finger) having advanced to throwing simulated games in their respective rehabs, Cahill looked like he could be in danger of being moved to the bullpen this week, but the Giants will give the veteran right-hander at least one more turn through the rotation. Though Cahill owns an excellent 2.65 ERA and 1.18 WHIP over his five starts, San Francisco has been cautious with his usage, as he's reached the sixth inning in only one of those outings.
Cahill didn't factor into the decision in Saturday's contest between the Giants and the Diamondbacks. He allowed one run on two hits and two walks while fanning two across 2.2 innings. Cahill had left his previous start last Saturday with joint inflammation in his left hip, but he didn't have problems in this one -- although he only tossed 42 pitches (24 strikes) before giving way to the bullpen. The veteran right-hander has a 2.65 ERA in five starts this season, but he has pitched more than four innings just once.
Cahill (hip) will start Saturday against the Diamondbacks, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. He left his start last Saturday with joint inflammation in his left hip, but he is apparently over the injury and ready to step back into the rotation. Cahill has a 2.51 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 18 strikeouts in 14.1 innings this season, but he has only logged five-plus innings once in four appearances.