Cain scratched, Petit to start in his place

Cain scratched, Petit to start in his place
April 29, 2014, 6:30 pm
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In five starts this season Matt Cain is 0-3 with a 4.35 ERA. (USATI)

SAN FRANCISCO – The Giants scratched Matt Cain barely an hour before he was to throw the first pitch Tuesday night after the right-hander cut a finger on his pitching hand.

The Giants will send right-hander Yusmeiro Petit to start against the San Diego Padres. They’re fortunate that Petit is well rested; he hasn’t appeared in eight days since tossing four innings of relief behind Ryan Vogelsong on April 21 at Coors Field. Petit struck out six and threw 52 pitches in that appearance.

Cain won’t get a shot to claim his first victory of the season, but the half-inch cut on his right index finger is not significant and won’t require stitches. Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Cain is expected to miss just the one start.

The incident happened in the clubhouse kitchen after batting practice. A knife started to slip out of Cain’s hand and he cut it as he tried to catch it, Bochy said.

“It’s just a half-inch but right in a bad spot there,” Bochy said. “(Trainers) think it’ll close up in a couple days and he’ll be fine.”

These kinds of injuries usually happen to left-hander Jeremy Affeldt, who stabbed himself a couple years ago while trying to separate frozen hamburger patties. Cain and Affeldt are buddies and … well, the lefty reliever has some ammunition now.

“I’ll be living off this one for a month,” Affeldt joked.

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