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SAN FRANCISCO – On Monday, Matt Cain had elbow surgery.
On Tuesday, Cain was in the Giants training room with a smile on his face, happily showing off his bone chips in a jar.
That’s a sign the procedure was a success, right?
“Went well,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “They got some bone chips out, cleaned out some spurs. They feel it went really well and we’re probably looking at three months of rehab.”
Cain was “very upbeat, very excited” as he met with teammates Tuesday and showed off the chips with morbid fascination.
“They’re pretty big,” Bochy said. “It’s amazing the guy (was) pitching when you see the size of the chips in the jar.”
Cain said earlier this month that he hasn’t had full range of motion in his right arm since he was in high school. He missed a bit of time in the minor leagues with a stress fracture in his elbow. So it’ll be interesting to see how much range he can obtain as he goes through his rehab process.
It’ll also be interesting to see how the procedure will affect his mechanics. He learned to short-arm his throws because of the limited range in his arm.
Cain is expected to be 100 percent for spring training. With the Giants owing him $20 million each of the next three seasons, it’s vital he return as an ace-like presence to help anchor a rotation that, Madison Bumgarner aside, has gotten old in a hurry.