Manager Bruce Bochy said Cain will miss the upcoming series against the Rockies while attending to a family matter, Andrew Baggarly of The San Jose Mercury News reports. Bochy said he'll likely miss the road trip as well, lining him up to return next Monday against the Dodgers. Cain should resume a long-relief role in the Giants' bullpen when he returns.
Cain (3-11) tossed five innings of two-run ball Thursday, giving up seven hits and striking out two in a losing effort against the Cardinals. Cain was called upon to fill in for Madison Bumgarner (illness) on short notice Thursday. The former starter didn't necessarily pitch poorly in his return to the rotation, but it certainly wasn't enough to convince manager Bruce Bochy to give his veteran another chance at starting regularly. The Giants are currently operating with a six-man rotation, so Cain should head back to the bullpen assuming Bumgarner's illness doesn't cost him any more time.
Cain will start Thursday's game against the Cardinals in place of Madison Bumgarner (illness), Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. Bumgarner was a late scratch due to flu-like symptoms, so Cain will step in to make a spot start in his place. The 32-year-old Cain owns an unsightly 5.35 ERA and 67:43 K:BB across 21 starts (109.1 innings) this season. He's expected to return to the bullpen following Thursday's outing.
Cain (3-10) was charged with five runs (two earned) on five hits and one walk over four innings in a loss to the Marlins on Wednesday. He struck out seven. Two San Francisco errors led to a four-run first inning, and while Cain rebounded and finished strong, the damage was already done. Chances are, Cain will return to the bullpen following this outing -- the Giants just needed an extra starter this week following Sunday's doubleheader. Perhaps he will get a few more chances to start down the stretch, but regardless, Cain should remain far from mixed-league rosters.
Manager Bruce Bochy said Cain will start Wednesday's game against the Marlins, John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The Giants will need an extra starter this week after Sunday's doubleheader, so Cain, who was shifted to the bullpen at the beginning of August, will re-enter the rotation to make a spot start Wednesday. The 32-year-old, who compiled a 5.38 ERA and 1.67 WHIP through 20 starts earlier in the season, will likely return to a relief role following Wednesday's outing.