Giants place Matt Cain on 15-day DL with forearm contusion

For the first time in his career, Matt Cain has landed on the DL.
For the first time in his career, Matt Cain has landed on the DL. (USATSI)

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The Giants have placed right-hander Matt Cain on the 15-day DL with a right forearm contusion, the team announced. He was hit by a line drive on Thursday night, but x-rays did come back negative.

Cain, 28, has never before been on the DL in the big league career. He's been a 32+ start, 210+ inning workhorse for San Francisco since breaking into the league full-time in 2006.

In 26 starts this year, Cain has a career-worst 4.43 ERA (75 ERA+) and 2.98 K/BB ratio. He does, however, have a 3.51 ERA in his last 14 starts after pitching to a 5.45 ERA in his first dozen outings.

The Giants are 56-71 and in last place in the NL West, so they have every reason to be extremely cautious with their franchise pitcher. Cain is in the first year of a five-year, $112.5 million contract extension.

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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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