Matt Cain to have season-ending elbow surgery next Monday

Matt Cain's season is over.
Matt Cain's season is over. (USATSI)

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Giants right-hander Matt Cain will have surgery to remove bone chips from his elbow next Monday in San Francisco, the team announced. The procedure will end his season but should have him ready in time for spring training.

Cain, 29, has been out since July 11 with ongoing elbow issues. He was examined by Dr. James Andrews and Dr. David Altchek, both of whom confirmed a) his elbow ligament was intact, and b) surgery was needed to remove the bone chips.

Surely in part because of that lingering pain, Cain struggled this season: 4.18 ERA (82 ERA+), 2.19 K/BB ratio in 90 1/3 innings of work.

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

The Giants acquired Jake Peavy to reinforce their rotation before the trade deadline.

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